What is this thing hanging from my armpit? (Cutaneous Skin Tag)
One of the joys of getting older is discovering new and interesting growths on your body. About 6 months ago I discovered a small hanging piece of skin in my under arm area. These are commonly called skin tags although the proper name is cutaneous skin tags. What is a skin tag? Well, according to a quick look through the Internet, it is a small piece of skin that grows, normally on people over 50. It is connected to the skin surface by a short, narrow stem. A skin tag is usually harmless and painless. The reasons for removal are usual cosmetic (who wants to see that little thing hanging there) or because they can be irritating if they rub against your clothes. Many people get skin tags due to their weigh or diabetes. They usually appear on the neck, armpits, and chest or in body folds. Mine was in the armpit.
If you have not gone to a dermatologist in a while, a skin tag might get you there. A dermatologist can tell you if you have a harmless skin tag or a more serious problem. If a skin tag is unusual looking, your doctor might want to do a biopsy.
So, off I go to the doctor. After looking over my skin and the tag, we discussed some options for removing skin tags. The Dermatologist had 3 solutions, surgery, freezing (cryotherapy) or electrical burn (cauterized). I went with the freezing and it was done right then in the office. It was quick and felt like a very cold metal rod was being held against your skin. That was it. In about a week it dried up and disappeared.
Sure enough, a few months later another one appeared in a different spot. Now that I know what a normal skin tag looks like, I decided to find some home remedies to remove skin tags. I found two products on line that looked promising. One was Dermatend and the other was Naturasil. I ordered the Naturasil. It uses natural plant extracts and needs to be applied 3 times a day for 3 to 6 weeks. The smell is a little strong but it does seem to work.
My husband also got a tag, and decided he would take a more drastic approach. He purchased Compound W Freeze Off Wart Removal System. It works like the Dermatologist treatment, you put the tip in the bottle, and it places a small dose of a freezing substance on the tip. You then apply it to the skin tag. My husband said it stings a bit. Within two weeks of using Compound W Freeze Off Wart Removal System every other day, the skin tag was gone. He felt it was the exact same results as the Dermatologist.
It was nice to find some quick solutions to this ugly little problem. Here is hoping that other "fun" body challenges can be as easily solved.