Suffering from skin tags on their own can be quite stressful, especially if you have never had them before. It can be even more frightening when a skin tag bleeding occurs or the skin tag becomes inflamed. What does it mean when you have skin tag bleeding? Is it dangerous? Can it be prevented and what exactly causes a skin tag to bleed? Most importantly, what can be done about it? Its important to know how to cope with bleeding or irritated skin tags to be sure something more serious isn’t occurring, and to lessen the discomfort these can cause you.
What Causes Skin Tag Bleeding?
Skin tags themselves are usually painless, but they can become irritated and bleed for a number of reasons. You may accidentally cut one while shaving for example, causing the area to bleed. They can become irritated by clothing constantly rubbing against them. The skin tag becomes irritated, painful and over time may start to bleed. In some cases the skin tag can start to grow as a result of an increase of blood flowing to it, often becoming painful to the touch. You may also notice a change in colour to red from the original colour it started off as. While this doesn’t make the skin tag more dangerous, it can become more uncomfortable to deal with. A skin tag can also become infected and its at this stage where you should have it examined by a physician, because the infection could spread to other areas if not treated, or if the body’s immune system is low and unable to fight of the infection on its own.
Is it a Skin Tag, Wart or Cyst?
First its important to determine if what you have is actually a skin tag or something entirely different. Skin tags are usually brown, black or close to the colour of your skin. They are usually narrow in shape with a slight bulge at the end. Skin tags are benign and usually form in areas where the skin rubs together, such as the groin, armpit or neck. Skin cysts are small keratin filled sacks that form under the skin and can occur anywhere on the body. Warts develop on the skin as a small lump and tend to occur on the feet and hands. These are caused by a virus.
How to Treat Skin Tag Bleeding
As mentioned earlier, skin tag bleeding is a result of injury, cutting, self removal or constant irritation. The bleeding you experience is akin to that of a small minor flesh wound. You want to first stop the bleeding and you can do this by applying pressure to the area for about 10-15 minutes. There are some cases where a skin tag will bleed more than normal, such as when it has become irritated, inflamed, much larger or very red. This means there is more blood present in the skin tag, causing it to bleed at a faster rate than normal. Trying to stop the flow with a tissue isn’t going to cut it in this case, so you will more than likely need a few pieces of medical cloth.
Can Skin Tag Bleeding be Prevented
Since skin tag bleeding is caused by irritation, you could try to lessen what is causing the irritation. If its clothing that constantly rubs the skin tag, you may want to try covering it. If that doesnt work , just wear less restrictive clothing that doesn’t rub the area. Sometimes however, our best efforts are not enough to prevent skin tag bleeding.
Treating Skin Tag Bleeding
Once a skin tag gets to this stage of irritation and bleeding, its more than likely that it will continue to bleed on and off. Its at this stage when you should seek medical assistance and to discuss removal. Skin tags can be removed with a treatment known as cryotherapy. The tag is frozen using liquid nitrogen and then easily removed. In some cases the skin tag can be surgically cut off, or the tag can be cauterized to stop its growth. A topical numbing cream is generally used for these procedures but anaesthesia may be used for tags that are more painful.
There are a number of home remedies that can be used to remove a skin tag that has become inflamed or the skin tag is bleeding.
Over the counter products
There are a few over the counter remedies that you can use to help remove bleeding skin tags as well. You will find a number of them have Tea Tree Oil as a main ingredient, due to its antiseptic properties. BuyNaturally has an all natural skin tag treatment and removal product that comes as a cream that can be applied on the skin. Another product you will see a lot of is the Tag Band, a device that applies a small band around the skin tag that cuts off the supply of blood and causes the skin tag to drop off.
Are There any Dangers to Removing Skin Tags Yourself?
In some cases a skin tag may grow on the groin, especially if you are prone to skin tags to begin with. There is a risk of infection when doing self removal of a skin tag at home. To prevent infection, make sure you apply antiseptic to the area being treated and keep it as clean as possible. Another problem is that scarring can occur with larger skin tag removal. If you are someone who suffers from keloid scarring, removing skin tags on your own is not advised. While there is no solid treatment or steps to take to lessen the growth of skin tags, removal tends to be enough to treat the problem. Skin tag bleeding, while not always preventable, can be treated as any small skin wound in most cases. Covering the tag with a bandage may help to lessen clothing or skin rubbing on it and lessen irritation.