Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Getting Rid of Skin Tags

Monday, 14 December 2009 08:41 AM

Question: How can I get rid of skin tags?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Skin tags (fibroepithelial polyps) are cosmetic nuisances and are often present in frequently irritated skin, especially in the skin folds. They do not become malignant and are simple to remove. Though multiple tags have been associated with colon polyps and polycystic ovarian syndrome, this is in dispute. They can be easily removed at skin level by applying a cotton ligature at its base for five to seven days, or be removed by excision, cryotherapy or cauterization. Once removed, they rarely grow back.

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