Have you noticed mysterious bumps on your skin? Don’t fret! If you have never experienced skin tags before, this can be quite stressful. If a skin tag starts to bleed, or the skin tag is inflamed, it may be much more terrifying. You may be wondering, what does a bleeding skin tag indicate? Is it life-threatening? Does it indicate an underlying problem? Can you prevent it from growing or bleeding? And what exactly causes bleeding of a skin tag? It’s important to know how to deal with bleeding or irritated skin tags to make sure there isn’t anything severe going on. You don’t want to deal with the discomfort that they might bring along.
Causes of Bleeding Skin Tags
Skin tags themselves are normally painless but for a variety of reasons they can become irritated and bleed. For example, a clumsy flick of the wrist and you accidentally cut one while shaving! They can be aggravated by constant rubbing of clothes against them. The friction caused by cloth can irritate the skin tag, making you uncomfortable and make it bleed over time. In some cases the skin tag may begin to develop as a result of an increase in blood flowing through it, sometimes becoming painful to the touch. You may also note a color shift from the original color to a more red tone. Although this does not make the skin tag more dangerous, coping with it can become more painful. A skin tag may also get infected and in that point, it’s best to have it checked by a skin specialist because if not treated, the infection could spread to other places. If the body’s immune system is weak and unable to combat the infection alone, a dermatologist’s professional help is advisable.
Identifying What You Have
It is absolutely imperative to decide whether a skin tag or something totally different is really what you have. Typically skin tags are gray, black or similar to your skin colour. In terms of shape, they’re narrow in form with a small bulge at the end. Don’t stress! Skin tags are benign and typically develop in places where the skin -such as the groin, armpit, or back- rubs together. Skin cysts are tiny sacks filled with keratin that grow under the skin, and can occur anywhere on the body. Warts grow like a tiny lump on the skin and have a tendency to occur on the hands and feet. Warts are typically caused by viruses.
How to Treat a Bleeding Skin Tag
As described earlier, bleeding of the skin tag can be caused by accident, cutting, attempt at self-removal or excessive irritation. The bleeding you witness resembles that of a small wound in the body. You want to stop the bleeding first, so you can do so by placing pressure on the area for around 10-15 minutes.
A skin tag can bleed more than normal in some situations, such as when it has been irritated, grown in size, bright red or inflamed. This means that the skin tag contains more blood, causing it to bleed at a faster rate than normal. In this situation, attempting to stop the flow with a tissue won’t cut it; a medical cloth is more likely to stop the bleeding.
Bleeding from the skin tag is caused by irritation, as we have learned. In this case you may try to alleviate what causes the irritation. When a skin tag continually rubs against your clothes, you may want to consider covering it with a bandage. If that doesn’t work, wear looser clothing that don’t scratch the skin. Try to wear softer clothing such as silk or cotton.
When a skin tag hits this stage of pain and bleeding it’s more than likely to start bleeding on and off. It is at this point that you should seek medical help and consider removal. Skin tags may be extracted with a so-called cryotherapy operation. The tag is frozen with liquid nitrogen, and then removed quickly. In certain cases, to stop the growth of the skin tag it may be cut off surgically, or even cauterized. A topical numbing cream is commonly used for these type of small procedure, but anesthesia may be used for more painful tags.
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If you do not want to go to a physician or feel that the skin tag is not at a dangerous stage, then here is a list of some things you can find in the kitchen that help skin tag removal:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Castor Oil
- Black Walnut Hull
- Oregano Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
Of course, feel free to reach out to us with any of your skin care needs. One of our trained professionals will help you find the best products.