There is a huge variety of lumps and bumps which can appear on the skin and most are completely normal and harmless. Given the number of different skin conditions and the fact that many appear to be similar, one of the most effective and simple ways of working out what is happening on your skin is to refer to skin tags pictures, either in a medical textbook or online.
The main types of growths or blemishes which appear on the skin are skin tags, moles or warts. Examine your own skin carefully and take note of anything which looks unusual or that you wish to investigate further. If the blemish is on a part of the body which is difficult to reach or look at, such as the back, ask someone to take a photograph of it so you can have a closer look and get to know in detail what it looks like. Once you are familiar with your own skin you can then go online or dig out the books to compare your skin to the pictures you can find.
Skin tags are similar to a mole and are often confused for moles. Comparing pictures with the tags on your skin will enable you to quickly work out whether what you are looking at is indeed a skin tag, or whether it is something else. If in any doubt about whether you are looking at a mole, a skin tag, a wart or something else, it is always wise to seek medical advice.
There is a wide range of what is normal when it comes to skin, so the most important thing is to know what is normal for you. If you are familiar with your own skin and where the moles or skin tags are positioned, you will be able to quickly detect when a new one grows or an existing one becomes larger. Changes on the skin should always be reported to a doctor, as this can be one of the earliest signs of changes leading to malignant melanoma or skin cancer. If, when checking the skin, you find something that appears to be different from the other moles, is irregularly shaped, itchy or bleeding, this should be immediately reported to the doctor who will order further tests. Although warts, skin tags or moles may be unsightly and people may feel embarrassed about them, especially if they have a lot of them, they are not dangerous and very rarely need removed for medical reasons. Some people prefer to have them removed for cosmetic reasons though and there are many different ways of achieving this.
Many of the home or natural remedies used in the treatment of skin tags are simple and easy to follow. However if the patient is in any doubt about how to apply a certain paste designed to help the skin tag dry up, or where to tie a piece of floss to cut off the blood supply, looking at pictures can be an invaluable reference guide. There are many websites detailing different methods for removing skin tags, and browsing through them and looking at pictures of the various different methods will enable you to make an informed decision about which method is most appropriate given the number of skin tags and their location. Before and after pictures can also show what sort of lasting results can be achieved when removing a skin tag, mole or wart, and can give some idea about the amount of scarring which can be expected.