It’s a fact that skin tags are extremely common, even if it is just one or two that develops over a person’s life. A typical location for them would be in a creased area, such as the under arms, neck, and even eyelids. However, tags can also present in a more unusual place such as the genitals. For clarification, having skin tags does not mean that a person has a sexually transmitted disease of any kind.
The common skin tag appears due to friction with other skin parts or with other elements such as clothing. They are not infectious and a sexual encounter cannot cause the tag to be transmitted. These growths are generally benign and pain-free and, therefore, do not require the prompt attention of a doctor. On the other hand, it is common for people who have genital skin tags to be embarrassed by them and longing for their removal. There is also a common misconception of mistaking such skin tags with genital warts, which are actually known to be infectious during sex.
The prevalence of genital skin tags is equal in males and females. In males, the tags usually appear on the penis itself, while women typically will have the tags around the vagina. Certain women will discover that their hormonal cycle will cause the reduction of the tag size at certain times and extension during other times of the month, while others report no change in size.
While genital skin tags are benign and rarely result in pain, they could cause irritation during sex. This is why cleaning the skin after intercourse is recommended for warding off an infection of the tag. If it appears that infection may have set in, it is imperative to see a doctor quickly for consultation.
For individuals who have such growths, life could be more difficult to enjoy than for others who have tags on other areas which are more accepted or are easily concealed with makeup and clothes. It is, therefore, common for people with genital skin tags to wish for their fast and effective removal. Plenty of removal options are available, including surgical methods, such as: nipping them off with the help of sterile hospital scissors, laser surgery, or freezing them off using liquid nitrogen. A dermatologist will be best suited for treating these and, whichever technique is chosen, it will be quick and pain-free.
A majority of the natural treatments for getting rid of tags requires the administration of certain solutions or pastes made from common natural ingredients, such as baking soda and Castor oil, on the skin tag, multiple a times a day and for a couple of weeks before complete results are achieved. Because it takes a few weeks, the treatment area has to be protected with a bandage or band aid. However, while these treatments are generally very effective with other skin tags, they are not usually applied in the genital area. An option that has shown success for the genitals involves tying the tag with a thread or dental floss. However, extra caution should be practiced and this treatment method will be best implemented by a specialist physician.