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

Skin tags are harmless and do not cause adverse health effects. In some cases they may become inflamed, infected or irritated.


Individual skin tags don't normally increase in size. In an area prone to skin tag development, more skin tags may appear over time.

Medications for


Skin tag

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Prevention of


Skin tag

  • There is no known way to prevent the development of skin tags.


Clinical images of
Skin tag
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