A skin tag, or acrochordon, is benign growth on the skin where a flap of skin hangs off a connecting stalk. They are typically harmless and painless. If it is a cosmetic concern or becomes bothersome, it can easily be removed.
One in four people will develop skin tags at some point in their life. They are usually found on the neck, chest, armpits, eyelids, and under the breast or in the groin area. They do not cause any discomfort, but they can become irritated by clothing, shaving, jewelry, or anything causing friction to the area. They can form as a result of skin constantly rubbing against skin, which is why they commonly occur in folds or creases in the skin. Some people are more prone to developing skin tags, especially middle-aged obese men and women, those with diabetes, and pregnant women, among other groups.
Skin tags can be treated by cryosurgery, cauterization, excision, or surgical methods to remove the growth.
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