Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small, soft, benign growths that appear on the surface of the skin. They typically have a flesh-colored or slightly darker appearance and are often attached to the skin by a thin stalk. Skin tags can vary in size, ranging from a few millimeters to a few centimeters in diameter. They commonly occur in areas where the skin folds or rubs against itself, such as the neck, armpits, groin, and under the breasts. The exact cause of skin tags is unknown, but factors like friction, hormonal changes, obesity, and genetics may contribute to their development. Skin tags are harmless and generally do not require treatment unless they cause discomfort or aesthetic concerns. If desired, they can be removed by a healthcare professional through methods such as snipping with scissors, cryotherapy (freezing), electrocautery (burning), or ligation (tying off the base). It is advisable to consult with a dermatologist for proper evaluation and guidance on the management of skin tags.
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