Not too long ago I realized that Abby (our youngest) has a few skin tags. I never really thought too much about it but always wanted to know if there was something more natural that we could do for her. Thankfully, my friend Sara has some great information on what skin tags are and a few natural ways to remove them. I may be giving some of these a try with our sweet Abby.
Post by: Sara S.
Skin tags are common and benign skin growths. They usually have a narrow stalk of skin that then bulbs at the end. Any one at any time, a person can develop them, including young children. The National Institutes of Health, USA, say that roughly 46% of all people have skin tags. Since they are symptomless, many people do not even know they have them, as they are usually the same color as the rest of your skin.
Skin Tags and Doctor Recommendations
Skin tags are typically caused by chafing; this is why they develop on the neck, armpit, and groin areas. Overweight children have a greater risk of developing them, but any child can get them. Children that have a tendency to rub their eyes can develop them on their upper eyelids. There is a suspected genetic component, since skin tags seem to run in families. Doctors do not the recommend removal of skin tags unless they are irritated, source of discomfort, or for cosmetic reasons.
Molluscum Contagiosum: Not Skin Tags
Molluscum contagiosum is a communicable disease that resembles skin tags, but isn’t actually skin tags. It’s transferred in swimming pools, and in the sharing of baths. Small wart like growths appear on the skin singularly, or in clusters.
Similar to skin tags, the warts appear in the armpit, neck, and groin regions of the body. Instead of being caused by rubbing the skin, the warts grow in these areas because they’re warm.
Like skin tags, molluscum contagiosum is harmless. The warts can last up to a year, and then will go away on their own. Removal of the growths should be done by a medical professional by either freezing or by enucleating. Both of these methods are painful, and should not be done unless absolutely necessary.
Skin Tags and Symptoms of NBCCS
There is also nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS). This is a very rare and genetically transmitted condition that involves skin cancer. If you have never heard of it before, then is likely not a concern to you or your family.
Skin tags might be a precursor to the disease, but it is highly unlikely if your family has no history of it. Any skin tags removed, when NBCCS is a possibility, are checked for cancer, so removal should be handled by a doctor, and not at home.
HPA: Not an Issue for Kids
The only other cause of skin tags is HPA. This should not be an issue with children since it is a sexually transmitted disease.
Removing Skin Tags with All-Natural Products
In cases of irritation, it is suggested that a medical professional remove a skin tag for you. Although, once a skin tag has been identified as such, they can be removed safely at home. Since they are not caused by disease, removal of skin tags does not cause more to grow in their place. When choosing a product to use on a child, try using something that is all-natural, such as an all-natural skin tag remover, which is gentle on skin and doesn’t feature harsh chemicals.
Children have sensitive skin so stay away from anything with harsh chemicals. There are plenty of products on the market to choose from. Given the size of skin tags, scarring should not be a concern.
The removal of skin tags has very little risk, but there is very little benefit to it as well. A skin tag in a place that gets constant rubbing making it irritated should be removed. One that is in location that causes embarrassment for cosmetic reasons should be removed as well. Make sure it is done safely and properly. There is no reason to put a child through discomfort to remove a skin tag. Do your due diligence, and use the safest product you can find.