Having skin tags can be quite stressful and bothersome, especially if you have never had them before. But do you know what’s worse than a skin tag?
A bleeding skin tag! While a normal skin tag won’t hurt that much (unless it’s pulled), a bleeding skin tag will. It’s important to know what you will do if a skin tag bleeds.
How To Stop Skin Tag Bleeding?
What will you do if a skin tag on your stomach got accidentally cut and won’t stop bleeding? The bleeding of a torn skin tag is similar to that of a minor wound so you may want to stop the bleeding first. Here are a few ways you can stop a bleed.
Stopping a Skin Tag Bleed By Applying Pressure
Applying firm pressure to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes should do the trick. It doesn’t matter what you use to pressure the wound, just remember to use something clean. Don’t worry if the blood seeps through, just don’t remove the pressure.
If the cloth or towel is removed a little too early then that would increase the bleeding and break open the blood clot that was forming.
Clean the wound, apply some antibacterial gel or cream, and put a band-aid on it. Now the question is, what will you do if there is major bleeding?
Stopping a Skin Tag Bleed With Ice
- Apply pressure on the major skin tag bleed with a towel for 5 minutes.
- Put some ice on a zip-lock bag and wrap it onto a different towel.
- Replace the towel with the other towel which has ice.
Why use ice? Applying ice to a bleed reduces the swelling. It helps in stopping the bleed by constricting the arteries making the bleed slow down and also reduce the pain.
In a study, it was found that when the body temperature was high, the bleeding time was longer as compared to when the body temperature was low, the slower the blood clotting time.
Stopping a Skin Tag Bleed With Witch Hazel
Do you know what astringents are? Astringents help draw and tighten the skin back together, decrease the blood supply and help in clotting. Witch hazel has astringent nature and so helps in stopping the bleed from the torn skin tag.
According to a study conducted in 2007, witch hazel ointment has proven to be very effective for various skin disorders.
- Add a small amount of witch hazel to a bandage or gauze.
- Press it on the wound.
Stopping Skin Tag Bleed With Petroleum Jelly
If your bleeding isn’t that excessive that petroleum jelly is the best there is to stop bleeding. Because of its oil and wax content, it has proved to be effective in treating bleeds. The petroleum jelly encourages the blood clotting process.
Note: But remember to clean and properly wipe the jelly afterward.
Stopping Skin Tag Bleed With Aloe Vera
Why Aloe Vera? Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and soothing properties which helps in healing the tear and ease down the swelling.
Its photochemical properties ease the pain and the gel itself speeds up the clotting process and acts as a natural barrier to stop the bleeding.
Why Do Skin Tags Bleed So Much?
To answer this question let’s go back to what skin tags actually are. Skin tags are benign tumors. Benign tumors have their own blood supply. So naturally, your body delivers blood to them.
The skin tag builds up a network of vessels. A few of them are sometimes bigger and larger than the capillaries present on the outer layer of your skin. So after removal, the skin tags bleed more than your average cut.
What Makes A Skin Tag Bleed?
There are several reasons why your skin tag might start bleeding and become painful. For example, you tear a skin tag during shaving time or tear it due to constantly touching it. Skin tags themselves are not painful but rather more annoying.
Whatever the reason is, it hurts a lot and if left unattended can lead to an infection! The best way to avoid a skin tag bleed is to make sure that any skin tag is covered with a band-aid or gauze. Using this method not only prevents any skin tag bleeds but also stops the skin tag from growing.
Are Skin Tags Hereditary?
What made you get skin tags in the first place? Was it your hormone, your weight, or genes? This question is widely asked by people. After careful research, I found out that skin is indeed hereditary.
Various studies show that there is indeed a genetic pre-deposition in the in-auguration of a skin tag. This includes genetic diseases or genetic disorders such as insulin, diabetes or Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome, etc.
There are dozens of genes that are passed down to you from your ancestors. Some of those may be the result of your skin tag condition.
Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome (BHD) is a rare complex genetic skin disorder. This includes multiple non-cancerous skin tumors including skin tags.
Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
There are numerous studies that show a link between diabetes, insulin resistance, and skin tags. A study conducted in 2010 showed that among 98 adults with skin tags, the majority of them were linked to insulin resistance.
Diabetes type 2 has a stronger link to family history than diabetes type 1. In diabetes type 2 people inherit a predisposition to the skin tags and something in the surrounding environment triggers it.
Skin tags occur in areas where there is a skin fold. Hence obese people are more likely to get skin tags as compared to others. A study published in 2017 proved a correlation between the Body Mass Index (BMI) and skin tags.
Estrogen and Leptin (Pregnancy Hormones) have been shown to be linked with skin tags. Women are more likely to have hormonal imbalance issues as compared to men. Certain genes are also linked to some hormonal problems.
What Does It Mean When A Skin Tag Turns Black?
A skin tag turning black is a skin tag clotting. There is nothing to worry about. When the skin tag isn’t getting enough blood supply it starts turning black. And in a few days (7 to 10 days) the skin tag will automatically fall off.
Why Do Some Skin Tags Develop Suddenly?
The sudden growth of skin tags has medical significance. It is a clear indication of a health problem. If multiple skin tags start growing suddenly, it is advisable to visit the dermatologist as soon as possible.
Random Skin Tag Myths
Yes, I agree skin tags are mysterious. They might be embarrassing during a tank top and shorts day when that extra skin growth is dangling. This embarrassment leads you to search all over the internet and read many articles which may leave you in a confusing and worrisome state. Here are some common myths that are found on the internet.
Myth 1: Skin Tags Are Cancerous Malignant Tumors
Tags are almost never cancerous! Despite what you may have heard skin tags are benign and according to dermatologists they don’t need to be removed. And although many people get them removed due to cosmetic reasons or discomfort, leaving them be will do you no harm.
But if there’s a case of a skin tag growing, itching, changing color, and bleeding then you definitely need to see an expert.
Sometimes there are very rare cases where skin cancers such as melanoma or basal cell carcinoma, can mimic as a skin tag.
Myth 2: All Growths Sticking Out Are Skin Tags
Most of the skin growths may resemble a skin tag but NOT all growths are skin tags. It could be many different things, one shouldn’t impulsively deem a protruding bump as a skin tag.
Maybe what you are deeming as a skin tag might end up being a mole or even a seborrheic keratosis. Maybe it’s something that requires immediate medical treatment. Here’s a thumb rule, if it’s pigmented see a dermatologist to get it checked out.
Myth 3: You Can Easily Remove It At Home
Even though a skin tag isn’t dangerous that doesn’t mean that you can remove it at home. Why? You ask, well for starters they can bleed if not removed correctly. Dermatologists stress that you should never try removing a skin tag on your own.
Most people go for the old trick, removing a skin tag by tying the stalk with floss or a thread. Bad idea, according to dermatologists this trick would only work for small skin tags and not the big ones. Trying to remove the skin tags of the big ones may become painful.
Myth 4: Are Skin Tags Contagious?
No skin tags are not contagious and won’t harm the ones around you. But what if you saw it spreading? Well, that was probably a wart. A wart resembles so much with a skin tag. Warts are contagious. Warts are caused by HPV which is actually a virus.
Myth 5: Removing Them Will Spread The Skin Tags Even More
As said before, a skin tag is not contagious. Not for you, not for anyone else. One skin tag is not related to the other.
This is a very common myth among people. Because of this reason, many people worry about cutting off the skin tag. If you see a skin tag growing back in the same place it’s probably because of the friction. Friction is one of the main reasons for tag growth.
Myth 6: Only Unfit And Obese People Get Skin Tags
This is not entirely true. Sure by the looks of it skin tags might be the result of poor hygiene and obesity. There have been various studies linking obesity to skin tags, but poor hygiene does not lead to skin tags.
Myth 7: OTC Remedies And Creams Are Available To Remove Skin Tags
If only that were true. If only there were FDA-approved magic cream or lotion that would remove skin tags. This myth really is a common one in the market. Sure there are products being made in the pipeline which may be helpful in removing benign growths.
So apparently if you have a skin tag that needs removing then it’s highly recommended to see a licensed dermatologist.
Myth 8: Removing Skin Tags Will Cause Scarring
This might be somewhat true. If you remove it at home without being under any professional supervision then you might just end up scarring yourself. It’s highly advised to seek professional help to remove this.
Dermatologists use various methods to remove skin tags, ranging from ligation, excision, and electrosurgery, etc.
Myth 9: Skin Tags Can’t be Prevented
Tags may be unpredictable but they are certainly preventable. They are very common in obese people and also found in people with diabetes and insulin resistance. So maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly can be helpful in reducing skin tags.
I advise you to try your best to help avoid your skin tag from bleeding. But if it has then you should immediately get it checked out. If the doctor at the moment is unavailable, then try one of the above methods until you see the doctor.
Small bleeds can be treated at home by just covering them with a band-aid or by putting ice on them. Skin tags have their own vessels and their blood supply hence they bleed so much.
Skin Tag at times be because of some medical issue such as overweight or diabetes and can sometimes be the result of genes.