How to cauterize skin tags

Written by catherine colombo
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Skin tags are fairly common, painless skin growths that develop on various parts of the body. A specific cause is still unknown, yet they seem to be common in diabetes patients, pregnant women, and people with the Human Papilloma Virus. Skin tags usually do not cause health issues, but they can cause irritation due to chaffing. Often, they are removed for aesthetic reasons. Skin tags can be removed at home with herbal treatments, cut off, or cauterised at your doctor's office.

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Things you need

  • Sharp sterile instrument or blade
  • Anesthetic
  • Bandages
  • Antibacterial soap

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    If you would like to have one or more skin tags removed, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Ask whether cauterisation is the right choice for removal, as small tags can often be removed at home. Never attempt to cauterise your own skin tag, as it is very dangerous. Allow your doctor to perform the following procedure on you.

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    Understand the cauterisation process, which is the removal of a skin tag by heating an instrument or needle, and putting it in contact with the skin tag to burn the cells of the growth.

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    Treat the area with a local anesthetic to numb the skin tag and affected area.

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    Heat a sterile needle, blade or sharp instrument with electricity.

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    Apply the heated instrument to the stalk of the skin tag to simultaneously cut the tag and seal blood capillaries, so there is no bleeding. Apply heat to the skin tag until all growth cells are burnt, a few seconds at a time until the tag is removed.

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    Dispose of the removed skin tag.

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    Bandage your wound and keep it covered for several days until it is healed. Keep your wound clean by washing it with antibacterial soap several times a day before re-bandaging. Take any antibiotics your doctor gives you and finish them all.

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