The Removal of Skin Tags Just Inside or Outside the Anus
Skin tags aren’t as well known as warts, but they’re very common. You may have had a skin tag on the anus for years, but didn’t notice it. Once you realize that you have an anal skin tag, it immediately becomes a source of anxiety and worry. They look horrible, affect your self-esteem, and they can even be mistaken for other skin problems.
You can develop skin tags just outside the anus, and also skin tags just inside the anus. In simpler terms, they’re called rectal skin tags. They are slightly different to the ones that appear on other areas of the body, but there are some similarities.
Skin tags are (usually) small, soft, and benign growths that occur virtually anywhere on the body. It’s likely that ‘most’ of us will experience at least one during our lifetime.
People who are overweight or older tend to get skin tags more than those of average or healthy weight. And women are also more prone to skin tags when pregnant, or when their hormones are fluctuating during menopause.
When you see a skin tag, you’ll notice it as a piece of skin that might seem loose and baggy. They can range from a few millimeters in size, to the size of a grape. Skin tags don’t usually fall off, unless they become twisted and deprived of oxygen.
There are several skin tag removal options available to you. Overall, when diagnosed correctly, they are harmless. But most people consider skin tags around the anus to be unsightly. Given their position, they can easily become irritated or infected. Getting them removed is is usually the right move for a variety of reasons.
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Understanding More About Skin Tags Inside & Outside the Anus
Skin tags in the anus are different from those elsewhere on the body. While they are still benign, and are usually not harmful, because of the location, they can more easily become inflamed. This can quickly become a source of irritation, infection, and bleeding.
What Causes Rectal Skin Tags?
The causes of rectal skin tags vary. They are sometimes caused by piles, known as hemorrhoidal skin tags. Of the variety of causes, however, there are a few more common reasons. These include:
- Constipation – This is where hemorrhoidal skin tags can become a problem. Constipation causes your stool to harden and makes it harder to pass through the anal cavity. When you try to pass it, it can become strenuous, and even painful. This strain can cause a lot of stress on the cavity, leading to anal fissures.
- Childbirth – The sudden stress on a woman’s body during childbirth can lead to the formation of fissures.
- Anal Intercourse – If measures aren’t taken during anal intercourse, like adequate lubrication, it can cause fissures and skin tags.
The tears and fissures that arise from these problems are what cause the skin tags to form. So, instead of natural occurrences, as they are with most other places on the body, the majority of rectal skin tags occur because of stress or strain.
In order to prevent them, or at least lessen the risk, make sure you strain and stress the anus as little as possible. Unfortunately, we tend not to give as much attention to the anus as we should, because it can seem a bit taboo. But skin tags, fissures, and tears are something that shouldn’t be ignored. Even if they can’t lead to more serious medical issues, they can be annoying, or even painful, and certainly unsightly.
Treatment Options for Hemorrhoidal Skin Tags
A skin tag, unlike a wart, blister, etc., isn’t a foreign contaminant to the body. It’s a living part of the body, so allowing it to take its natural course won’t do you any harm. However, once again, rectal skin tags can be a bit different, and may require special attention. One of the most important reasons to pay attention to skin tags around the anus is that they can be mistake for other medical issues.
You may think you have skin tags around the anus, but it could actually be hemorrhoids, warts, or other possible growths. Skin tags are benign, but there are no guarantees as to what other growths could possibly be. If you’re noticing large skin tags around the anus, get them checked by a doctor.
Treatments for rectal skin tags can include excision, in which each tag will be individually cut off, and surgically removed, or laser treatment, in which the skin tags would be burned off. Cryotherapy is another option, where the skin tags are frozen off with liquid nitrogen. They reach such a solid frozen state, that they cannot receive oxygenated blood.
How to Prevent Skin Tags Just Outside the Anus
When it comes to preventing rectal skin tags, the best thing you can do it maintain good, proper hygiene. The causes listed above are sometimes things that cannot be avoided. Strenuous childbirths happen, as does constipation.
Try to eat a diet that encourages healthy, ‘fluid’ bowel movements so your constipation risk lowers. As far as anal intercourse, the best thing you can do is to take the proper precautions to ensure no part of the anus is being strained, or at risk of tearing.
The Stigma of Anal Skin Tags
They may be common, but anal skin tags continue to be something we don’t seem that comfortable talking about. It’s okay to start the conversation and be an active part of it – someone you know may be dealing with rectal skin tags, and they might not be sure how to get rid of them.
The more information available about treatment, causes, and overall knowledge of rectal skin tags, the better. It will allow them to become less taboo, and just as regular as skin tags anywhere else on the body.
If you’ve ever experienced skin tags just inside the anus, or skin tags just outside the anus, trust that you are not alone. You are now armed with the knowledge that you need to know how to get rid of them safely.