Skin tags are a common skin abnormality that can happen to anyone. These are benign skin growths that are acquired during the course of one’s life. These appear as soft, loose skin that is simply hanging from the body. Since these are benign, they do not pose any threats or challenges to a person’s health. Some skin tags may also be a little uncomfortable because of their location.
Most small skin tags may rub off or fall out on their own. However, if these are larger, they may not be so easy to get rid of. Most tags would remain in place once they are formed. Though skin tags may occur anywhere on the body, there are some characteristic locations on which these can be found. The base of the neck, eyelids, folds of the skin, behind the knee and under the breasts are some of the common locations of skin tags.
It is important to keep in mind that skin tags usually do not have to be treated. Deciding to have no treatment is always a reasonable option if the growths are not bothersome. If the tags are bothersome, multiple home and medical options are available. Removing them,even at home is very possible by employing one or more simple home remedies.
. Tie off tag at narrow base with a piece of dental floss or string and allowing the tag to fall off over several days.
. Remove small tags with scissors, with or without anesthetic. The potential disadvantage of any kind of scissor or minor surgical procedure to remove tags is minor bleeding.
. Cut a slice of garlic and press it over the skin tag's area. Secure the slice of garlic to the skin with gauze or tape. The skin tag should simply fall off.
. Combine some baking soda to castor oil until the mixture has the consistency of a paste. Apply the paste to the skin tag at least three times each day for two or three weeks.
. Dampen a small cotton ball in water and place two drops of tea tree oil on the cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball on your skin tags three times a day, or until the skin tags have fallen off.
. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the skin tag. Place a band aid over the cotton ball and leave overnight.
. Apply oregano oil to the cotton swab and gently apply to the skin, taking care not to get oil on the healthy skin around the tag. Apply a bandage over the application. Repeat daily until the skin flakes off.
. Coat the skin tag with fingernail polish up to three times a day. Repeat the process until the skin tag is eliminated, usually within three to four days.