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Facts about the skin from DermNet New Zealand Trust. Topic index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



Skin tags

Skin tags are very common soft harmless lesions that appear to hang off the skin. They are also described as:

Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older. They are skin coloured or darker and range in size from 1mm to 5cm. They are most often found in the skin folds (neck, armpits, groin). They tend to be more numerous in obese persons and in those with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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Skin tags

Skin tags are made up of loosely arranged collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by a thickend or thinned-out epidermis.

Seborrhoeic keratoses, viral warts or molluscum contagiosum may resemble skin tags.

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Seborrhoeic keratosis
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Seborrhoeic keratosis
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Molluscum contagiosum
Lesions resembling skin tags

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What causes skin tags?

It is not known what causes skin tags. However, the following factors may play a role:

How can they be removed?

Skin tags can be removed for cosmetic reasons by the following methods:

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Author: Dr Amanda Oakley MBChB FRACP, Dept of Dermatology Waikato Hospital

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