Best Ways To Remove Your Skin Tags Effectively And Safely
Getting The Difference Between Genital Warts And A Skin Tag
To the untrained eye, skin tags that appear on the penis, scrotum, anus or the vagina
could resemble genital warts and cause undue alarm. But skin tags have distinct character
and medical roots from genital warts.
What Are Skin Tags
Skin tags are harmless skin tissue outgrowths that dangle from the skin surface and
can break out anywhere in the body. The most common areas are your neck, upper breast
and underarms. They occur more often between skin folds and skin areas that often
rub with other skin or get irritated with tight clothing.
Obese adults and plump toddlers and kids with a lot of skin folds are susceptible
to it but some get more than others leading to a suspicion that skin tags have hereditary
causes. Skin tags also appear in the genital and anal areas especially and in women
after pregnancy. Since they are harmless, no treatment is required unless they pose
annoying discomforts during sexual intercourse.
What Are Genital Warts
On the other hand, genital warts are viral infections caused by the human papilloma
virus and is classed as a sexually transmitted disease or STD that require treatment.
They typically break out on the penile shaft or scrotum in men and on the vulval
external walls of the vagina in women. As STD, they can also appear in the anorectal
regions in both sexes, if anal sex with an infected person is done, or in the mouth
and throat if oral sex is performed with an infected partner.
Difference In Looks
Skin tags are small loose flapping skin tissue that dangle from a tiny stalk protruding
out of the skin and can take the color and texture of the skin surrounding it or
may be discolored. Genital warts on the other hand, are tiny bumps resembling several
tiny cauliflower-like protrusions clustered together. Early occurrence way look like
skin tags and it is advisable that when such skin aberrations appear in the genital
area, a visit be made to your doctor, dermatologist or to a gynecologist for women
to get proper diagnosis.
It is important to get the right diagnosis to get the right treatment. Skin tags
are easy to treat as they require nothing more than a straightforward excision, either
surgically using a scalpel or surgical scissors, or some other methods with the aim
of deadening the skin tag so they wither and fall off.
Cryotheraphy, ligation and electrocautery all aim to deaden the skin tag leaving
them easy to scrub off. You can also get a doctor’s recommended set of procedures
to ligate or cut them off in the privacy of your homes. But they can’t be prevented.
The exact cause of skin tags are unknown so they really can’t be prevented.
Genital warts, however, have a known causality but while they can be cured, there’s
no effective prevention as the virus remains in the body. Even antibiotics taken
as a precaution prior to engaging in sexual activity with anyone can’t guarantee
you won’t get STD. And once infected with the human papilloma virus, they can be
pharmaceutically treated as well as undergo about the same treatment done to remove
skin tags such as local surgery, cryotheraphy, electrodessication or cauterization
including laser treatment.