A skin tag is a soft raised growth, usually the same colour as surrounding skin and often on a stalk. They are extremely common and harmless.

Also known as

fibroepithelial polyp, acrochordon

Symptoms and signs

  • Raised soft growth, often in skin folds or areas where the skin is ribbed repeatedly, e.g. armpits, under breasts, around the neck (rubbed by collars and jewellery), between the upper thighs. They may be solitary or appear in groups.
  • Skin tags can become swollen, irritated and painful if they are damaged

Risk factors

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy

Prognosis / outcome


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Skin tag

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Skin tag

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Skin tag
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