Skin tags are common benign (non-cancerous) skin polyps. This image displays loosely hanging acrochordons (skin tags). Skin tags are frequently found on the neck. This image displays small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags). This image displays a lesion with a thin "stalk" typical of skin tags (acrochordons). This image displays a typical acrochordon (skin tag) on the neck.
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Skin Tag (Acrochordon)  Information for adults

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Overview
A skin tag (acrochordon) is a common, possibly inherited condition that manifests as small, flesh-colored growths on a thin stalk. Skin tags are benign lesions that can sometimes become irritated or traumatized.
Who's At Risk
Skin tags are very common, and their incidence increases with age. Seen more often in people with growth hormone excess (acromegaly), skin tags are sometimes associated with acanthosis nigricans, a condition in which areas of skin may become thickened and velvety.
Signs and Symptoms
Skin tags are most commonly found on the eyelids, neck, armpits, and groin area. They are flesh-colored growths on a thin stalk, ranging in size from small to large.
Self-Care Guidelines
None necessary.
When to Seek Medical Care
Skin tags are benign in nature, and, therefore, no treatment is necessary. However, you should seek evaluation from a primary care provider or dermatologist if you are either uncertain of the diagnosis or if the skin tags become irritated or painful.
Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe
Skin tags may be treated by:
  • Snipping with scissors.
  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery).
  • Destroying it with an instrument providing a small of amount of electrical current (electrodesiccation).

References

Bolognia, Jean L., ed. Dermatology, pp.1863-1864. New York: Mosby, 2003.

Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 6th ed, pp. 767, 993-994, 1827. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Last Updated: 22 Dec 2008