4 Issues: The Problem with Skin Tags

by Paul on September 23, 2013

Skin tags are flaps that develop on the skin, typically in middle age, and they don’t usually pose a health risk. However, there are certain situations in which they become either a nuisance, or a genuine medical problem, which should be checked out by a doctor. If you’ve noticed you are developing skin tags, here are four scenarios that explain the problem with skin tags, from a health care perspective.

  • You have reached middle age

Generally, people develop skin tags with the advent of middle age. Skin, which is the largest of all human organs, begins to sag, and skin tags appear, either in the under-arm area, on or under the breasts, or on the arms. Even though skin tags are benign skin lesions, it’s worth having them checked out in middle age, just to make sure they are actually what they look like – and not melanoma. Some people are genetically predisposed to developing skin tags, but others develop them as a sign of the onset of more serious skin and/or health issues.

  • You have gained massive weight

As specified above, skin tags are not an issue in and of themselves; however, they often develop on the skin of people who have gained substantial amounts of weight. As the body builds up adipose tissue, skin tends to begin sagging. Sagging skin that rubs against itself will likely soon reveal the appearance of skin tags. Those skin tags should not worry you, medically speaking – but they should lead you to wonder whether or not you have gained too much weight. If it is generally difficult for you to make physical effort, or if your skin is rubbing against itself, then it is definitely time to see your GP and ask for a nutritionist recommendation.

  • You are pregnant

Pregnancy does induce weight gain, which means that pregnant women are usually likely to see skin tags emerging. Pregnant women will generally be faced with skin tags on the neck, eyelids, under-arms, and other areas in which the skin rubs against itself. Once more, since skin tags are benign, one should not worry about them posing any additional health risks. Medical scientists actually believe that the hormonal changes that pregnant women undergo favor the appearance of skin tags. Depending on the safety of the pregnancy, you can have the tags surgically removed – or you can opt for the homeopathic alternative of Tagaway, which comes with no side effects or potential scarring (as surgery is wont to do).

  • You have insulin resistance

Medical scientists have yet to establish a clear-cut link between insulin resistance and skin tags, but a recent survey, which looked at the presence of such lesions on the bodies of those afflicted by the afore-mentioned condition, found there is some co-incidence to speak of. Insulin resistance is one of the leading causes of Type 2 diabetes, which is why sufferers of insulin resistance that do develop skin tags should seek medical attention. It is also worth mentioning that one can live and thrive, even in the presence of insulin resistance, but not without following clear medical recommendations and a special diet.

For most people, skin tags are just an aesthetic problem – a source of mild nuisance, which they know they can deal with, through a wide range of methods. Some people choose to have them surgically remove, either with the help of electric current, or through cryogenic interventions, or, alternatively, through topical formulas. Since most surgical interventions carry the risk of infection, as well as a high price tag, it is probably advisable to try homeopathic formulas like Tagway first, before even considering surgery.

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