There are a number of classic skin tag symptoms. The first basic sign of a skin tag is where on the body it is normally found. Any skin area can form a skin tag, but these skin growths are more likely to develop in the skin fold areas. Typical target sites are the neck region, the groin area and on the genitals in men and women, the armpits, under the breasts in women, the eyelids, and the skin surrounding the orbital bone. More skin tag symptoms have to do with the actual look of the skin growth. Skin tags are generally smooth on the surface although some slight wrinkling can be present, they are soft, they are spongy, and hang or protrude out from the skin’s surface. The growths are easily moveable back and forth. A skin tag is often flesh colored but occasionally is a little darker than the overall skin tone of the individual. The growth may be red if it is being constantly irritated by clothing for example. Moles and hair are not associated with a skin tag in most cases.
Signs of skin tags also include the size. A tag is on average small and only a few millimetres in diameter. However, they can grow slowly to be larger – even up to the size of a typical grape.
Another common skin tag sign is the lack of pain. These growths are not painful unless they are being constantly irritated or are twisted.
For the most part, there is no reason to be concerned about skin tags, but if changes in color occur, multicolors are present, pain is persistent, or bleeding occurs, then a visit to a physician is in order to ensure there are no other factors such as skin cancer at play.
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