Skin tags are small, soft skin growths that can occur anywhere on the body but are most common on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin folds and under the breasts. They are harmless but they can be annoying, particularly if they are in an area where they are rubbed on by clothing. They may be flesh-colored, pink or may darken.
Most people will have skin tags at some time in their life. They are more common with middle age, but also can be seen in children and toddlers. They tend to be more prevalent in overweight people or in pregnant women because of their elevated hormone production.
The only symptom of skin tags is the appearance of a growth on the skin.
Most doctors only recommend removing or treating skin tags if they are causing discomfort or if they present a cosmetic problem. They can be removed by being cut or frozen off using cryotherapy.
There is no way to completely prevent skin tags, but some doctors believe that maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet reduces the likelihood of skin tags.
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