Why Has My Skin Tag Turned Black Overnight? Is It Skin Cancer?
Your skin tag turned black or purple. Understandably, you’re concerned that it might be a sign of a more serious skin condition, like skin cancer. They’re known by medical experts as a clotted or thrombosed skin tag.
Your fears are understandable, so feel free to read these important articles:
- Are Skin Tags Cancerous or Benign Tumors?
- How to Tell the Difference between a Skin Tag and Melanoma
It’s unlikely that your skin tag needs a biopsy because they’re easy to self-diagnose. Skin tags are soft (unlike warts) and hang from the skin by a narrow stalk (or peduncle).
If you are concerned about your well-being, there’s no harm in talking to a doctor. The last thing that you need is sleepless nights. You’ll find that clotted skin tags will fall off on their own after a few weeks. If they change color and don’t go away after several weeks, it’s worth seeking the medical opinion of a dermatologist.
You may have always had a skin tag, or it may have just changed color on its own. Although it’s not a concern, the color may have implications for the health of the skin tag.
Skin Tag Was Black from the Outset
- The vast majority of skin tags are the same color as your skin, but a smaller percentage are black from day one.
- There’s no significance to the color, provided that you have correctly diagnosed the skin tag. It might be another skin condition.
- When an anal skin tag has always been black, it’s likely to be hemorrhoids. This is because the blood vessels are filled with blood due to excessive straining. They normally go away after a few weeks. You can speed up the healing process by applying an OTC cream.
If you do have a black skin tag, and it’s been that way for quite a while, it can be safely removed. The TagBand is an effective removal method.
Skin Tag Turned Black Overnight
If it has turned black since you last checked it, the oxygen supply has been cut off and it’s in the process of dying. This is what would happen if you got laser treatment. This is good news because you won’t need to get it treated.
You’re probably wondering how this has happened because you haven’t applied a treatment. Well, it’s likely that it has become twisted somehow, starving the skin tag of its supply of oxygen. We all move about during sleep, so twisting the skin tag or catching it on something can happen.
If you’ve ever used a process known as ‘ligation’, more commonly known as tying off skin tags, you’ll have a good idea about how a skin tag dies. Tying string around it cuts off the blood supply so it turns black and eventually falls off.
Your skin tag turned black overnight on its own without you knowingly doing anything, but the outcome is the same. A benign tumor, such as a skin tag, has become a living part of your body and it can’t survive without a supply of oxygen.
Black Skin Tag Fell Off On Its Own
You could wake up to discover that a skin tag that you have had for several years has fallen off on its own. You may feel alarmed when you find out that it has gone. In short, the skin tag was starved of oxygen, dried out, and fallen off.
It’s no longer a problem, so you won’t need to apply a cream or freeze off the skin tag. Something that you’ve unwittingly done has meant that a skin tag has gone away on its own. This does not usually happen, but it’s relatively common after pregnancy.
If the area has become a little red and tender, you may wish to apply a moisturizer to nourish your skin so that it can recover. This would be a good idea if you have prematurely disturbed the skin tag as it will help with the healing process and prevent scarring.
Much depends on the location and visibility of the skin tag as to how you choose to proceed. The affected area will start to look much better after a few weeks have elapsed.
Getting Skin Tags Checked by a Doctor
Just because your skin tag turned black on its own is not a cause for concern. It normally means that it’s dying and will fall off. If a skin tag turns black overnight and doesn’t go away after about 3 weeks, get it checked by a dermatologist. This would also apply if it has become irritated or infected.
Most people will get more than one skin tag in their lifetime. You may be especially prone to them due to certain genetic, age, and health factors, such as diabetes. If you do have other skin tags, read this post on the safe removal of skin tags with three OTC products.