Fibroepithelial Polyp just another word for skin tags. They are lesions arising from the surface of the skin, therefore cutaneous. These are very common appearances that can occur anywhere on one’s skin. They occur irrespective of gender or age. The studies don’t seem to have a definitive cause to these tags but may have an idea of it.
The skin is flexible as well as stretchable, therefore it bends in areas such as joints. These bends create creases or wrinkles on the skin. The creases go through a lot of friction in our daily life. And because of this friction, the Fibroepithelial Polyp is formed. Not only due to the skin to skin friction but also any other kind of rubs that the skin faces, such as the friction provided by clothes or jewelry. Some areas of our body are more prone to these tags since there is more friction in these spots compared to other parts. The skin tags are common at:
Behind the neck.
Behind the ears.
On the eyelids.
Under the breasts.
How Will I Recognize Fibroepithelial Polyps:
Skin tags are very easy to diagnose and can be easily seen with the naked eye. And you certainly do not need a doctor to diagnose them. Now let’s get into it. The skin tags are extra masses of soft skin that appear on the surface. They are ‘drop’ like structures that hang off the skin with the help of a stalk or a peduncle. The skin tags are made up of collagen fibers and blood vessels, but they do not contain any nerve cells or fat cells. Lastly, they are covered by the dermis on the top. They are of a very neutral color, but at times they can also be of a darker color due to hyperpigmentation. Their size range starts approximately from two millimeters up to a few centimeters in diameters.
Should You worry about them?
Skin tags are mostly harmless and completely benign. And sometimes they go completely unnoticed because they do not feel or cause any pain. But at exceptional times these skin tags can be signs to different clinical problems.
Diabetes: Due to the lack of insulin in the body, the skin starts to thicken. Thick skin can cause a lot of chub rub, resulting in skin tags.
Hypothyroidism: A few nodules of skin start to appear on the skin, they are initially small but start to grow gradually. They could appear like skin tags.
Basal cell nevus: This is a genetic disease that forms excess skin cells, and its symptoms could loke like skin tags. This a type of skin cancer. If any member of your family has had this disease, you should probably get these skin tags checked.
You should also consult a doctor if you see any of the following symptoms:
Bleeding of the skin tags.
If the skin tags grow in size very fast. ( a normal skin tag’s growth is known to be very slow.)
You should also get them checked if they change colors suddenly. (as they do not change colors for many years.)
Some people are more prone to skin tag than others because of their conditions. These conditions include obesity, pregnancy, and aged people, mostly people of 60 or more. The wrinkly skin can cause a lot of friction on the skin.
These are not the only type of problems that skin tags are a part of. These skin tags, although seem very harmless, could be very uncomfortable for a few people, as well as unappealing. They can also end up being itchy, painful, or have inflammation. At such times they can choose to get rid of these skin tags.
Getting rid of Fibroepithelial Polyps:
The skin tags, also known as acrochordons, can be removed in many ways. Like any other alternates in the world, some methods can be convenient, while others are a little more of a hassle.
Self Help: Good Or Bad?
Some people tend to use different hacks to remove these tags. They use methods such as:
People burn the skin tags off with fire or matchsticks.
Many people also try to freeze these skin tags with low temperatures. This makes the skin tags fall off in a few days.
Some skin tags are also tied with dental floss to stop the blood flow, this will decay them, then they will fall off in some days.
Some people even choose to cut them off.
Although the methods stated above seem very convenient, they can be very harmful. It can also affect the skin surrounding the skin tags. These processes can also be very fatal, as they could end up being infectious or septic. If you can, at all circumstances, try to avoid these methods, and you will thank your self later.
This is one of the very safe methods to get rid of a skin tag. There are various types of surgeries performed to extract these skin tags. These procedures are done in a very controlled environment. Hygienic as well as effective. The surrounding are sterile and there is a small or no risk of being infected.
Various surgical methods are:
Cauterization: Burning or freezing of the skin tags, to remove the tissues.
Cryosurgery: This type of surgery uses extreme cold to destroy the tissues of the skin tag.
Surgical method. Here the doctors use sterile scissors to cut the skin tags out. It does not hurt as the area is anesthetized.
A dermatologist can also remove the skin tags.
This method although safe can be very hectic and time-consuming. The appointments and surgeries also end up costing a lot of money. Not to mention the side effect that stays after the surgeries.
Natural Home Remedies:
There are many substances that can get rid of skin tags and can be easily found in your kitchens or the stores nearby. They are natural ingredients or extraction from plants. Since they are natural, there is almost no risk of side effects. They are also safer compared to any other method. They have one drawback that they give slow results. Some of these ingredients are:
Tea tree oil.
Apple cider vinegar.
Anyone of these ingredients should be applied on the skin tags. Leave it for 15-20 minute and then remove it. This procedure if repeated regularly can give you good results. These extracts or ingredients have astringent properties that dry or decay the skin tag, which would later fall off. The skin tags might take two to three weeks to completely disappear.