Self Treatment to Freeze Skin Tags

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the Skin Tag Solutions website, skin tags are considered tumours, but they are harmless growths on the skin. Some people find them disfiguring, however, and want to get rid of them. Not everyone can afford a doctor to do this, so they choose to do it at home instead. Freezing is one of the most popular ways of getting rid of a skin tag in a doctor's office, but unfortunately, it does not work at home.

Freezing Skin Tags In a Doctor's Office

According to the Easy Skin Tag Removal website, skin tags can be removed in a doctor's office by applying liquid nitrogen to them. This is known as cryotherapy. The doctor applies the liquid nitrogen using a cotton applicator or a small spray gun. The applicator is pressed against the tag, or the tag is sprayed, for ten seconds. Then the tag is allowed to thaw for another ten. The doctor can then easily remove the now frozen skin tag.

Freezing Skin Tags at Home--And Why It Doesn't Work

Remember, doctors use liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag on contact. The cells are destroyed and the tag comes off almost immediately. Unfortunately, there is nothing available for home use that will get as cold as liquid nitrogen. Don't bother using an ice cube on the skin tag, because it will do nothing except numb the area and drip everywhere. Liquid nitrogen can only be found in medical offices, and must be used under the guidance of a medical professional.

Alternative Freezing Methods, and Why They're A Bad Idea

Don't use freezing wart solutions, since these are designed for warts and not skin tags They may not work as well as you would like. Don't use dry ice as an option, since dry ice isn't designed to work on small areas like skin tags. If you use it, you run the risk of destroying the surrounding tissue as well. Get rid of a skin tag using cryotherapy in a doctor's office. If you really can't afford it, find other ways to remove a skin tag safely, at home, that don't involve freezing.

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Shavon Walker, a former English and Communications teacher, has been a writer for the past 12 years. Happy to write on any topic, her personal favorites include entertainment, fashion, food and wine. She earned her master's degree and teaching credential from CSU East Bay, and her bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.