You know those small, typically skin-coloured growths most of us will develop as we get older?
Skin tags can be a nuisance, particularly if they’re in an area where they rub against clothing or jewellery, or another skin surface.
Even if they’re not causing discomfort, if one of these fleshy, often vaguely mushroom-shaped bumps does crop up on your skin, it’s not a good idea to self-diagnose.
Why? And what can be done if you want a skin tag removed because it’s chronically irritated or bleeding, or even just because you don’t like how it looks?
Thank-you to the two physicians who so kindly spoke to me for the story:
- Dr. Ben Barankin, a certified dermatologist, spokesperson for the Canadian Dermatology Association and medical director of the Toronto Dermatology Centre.
- Dr. Lee A. Green, professor and chair of the University Alberta’s department of family medicine in Edmonton.