The chances are, unless a whole layer of skin happens to be lying on the floor in the morning, nobody needs extra skin. That’s why people don’t have to put up with skin tags. They can cause a variety of problems and they can even lead to infection. But to deal with the skin tag effectively it’s important to know all about them.
There’s a lot of confusion amongst people as to whether skin tags are contagious or whether they are actually tumors. The truth is skin tags are in fact tiny tumors. This tends to terrify people due to the fact that tumors are instantly associated with cancer, but it’s important to remember that skin tags are completely harmless and don’t damage people on their own. It’s true that they can signal more serious skin conditions, but that’s nothing to do with the tag itself.
As for whether they are contagious or not this is completely false. There’s absolutely no convincing evidence to indicate that skin tags are contagious at all. This is because, unlike warts that are very contagious, skin tags contain HPV that’s associated with natural wart growth in all areas of the body. Furthermore, there’s no evidence that it’s self-contagious. In other words, there’s no evidence to indicate that when a skin tag is removed more will pop up around the body.
Most people are free to leave their tags and they will probably disappear or fall off eventually. They don’t cause any harm, as already mentioned above. However, many people do choose to get them removed as they can cause social and psychological problems.
The main social problems are obviously the fact that skin tags are often unsightly and it can lead to exile and belittlement in front of friends and colleagues. Nobody wants this and it can force the sufferer to become a recluse or feel unsure about joining events like parties or days trips.
Psychologically it can cause a loss of self-confidence as the sufferer believes that they are aesthetically inferior to those who don’t have skin tags. Furthermore, it can make the patient more self-conscious, and this isn’t a good thing as it can even lead to paranoia. Just like with those social consequences mentioned above, skin tags can lead to the patient becoming a recluse and being exiled by their usual friendship groups.
Although these issues have been listed as separate here, they rarely manifest exclusively. They are usually connected to each other, so social issues will lead to psychological issues, and vice-versa.
Although the skin tag itself is completely harmless, the removal of the tag can lead to infection. This can lead to additional skin problems later on. Signs of infection can be noticed by looking at the aesthetic characteristics of the area left by the tag. If any of the following are true then an infection might have developed: