Anal skin tags are small pieces of flesh that are generally found around the rectum. Often times anal skin tags are confused with either hemorrhoids or anal warts. It is important to understand the difference since anal skin tags are generally not something that one should be overly concerned with.
Anal skin tags are generally not cancerous nor are they a sign of some other serious medical concern.However due to the location of anal tags many people will often seek treatment for them with the hopes of having the anal skin tags removed. Many people will become concerned when the first notice or feel an anal skin tag as they are worried about the possibility of either hemorrhoids or anal warts.
This is why it is a good idea to have the skin growth check out by a dermatologist just to give you the piece of mind that you need. Rest assured that if you are dealing with anal skin tags they are very common and they can be treated quite quickly.
Anal Skin Tags – What are the Reasons
Anal skin tags may be joined at the anus or just be very close to the anus. An anal skin tag is connected by a small stem of tissue. This tissue is what is supplying the anal skin tag with the blood circulation. Anal skin tags, like other skin tags, generally do not cause any symptoms. While they may be completely harmless in themselves they can become an issue for some people. Anal tags likely to cause itching, irritation, and/or pain when subject to any type of friction and rubbing.
Since rubbing and friction do tend to occur a lot the skin tags on the anus are likely to become inflamed and irritated. When it gets to this point the anal skin tags may begin to swell on the outer part of anus. The swelling will begin to cause pain and discomfort. This pain and discomfort will increase during a bowel movement. Due to these reasons it is very important that as soon as these symptoms do appear that you seek medical advice.
Be aware that you never want to leave inflamed anal skin tags untreated as they can lead to other diseases of the anal region.
Anal Skin Tags – There is more than one way to go about Treating them
When it comes to treatment for anal skin tags there is more than one way to go about treating them. One of the commonly used medical techniques to remove anal skin tags is simply by stopping the blood flow to the area. Once the blood flow is stopped on the anal skin tag, the tag will then fall off. This method is usually done by tying sting around the base of the anal skin tags. The string will need to be tied tight enough that it will cause the blood flow to stop but not tight enough where it causes a lot of pain.
The tags will either be cut off or they may fall of in a few days. If the tags are cut off by your doctor the next step would be to have the stems cauterized. Cauterization simply means that the stem will be burned to ensure that the blood flow is completely stopped. It will depend on the size and how many anal skin tags were removed to determine the level of pain or discomfort that one may feel after the procedure is done.
However the pain is generally mild and will only last a few days. This method of burning does provide instant results. An alternative to burning the roots would be the freezing method. Which basically works the same way just instead of burning the anal skin tag liquid nitrogen is used.
There are some over the counter medications that can also be used when it comes to dealing with skin tags on anus however due to the location of the skin tags many experts would recommend having a professional do the removal process. While anal skin tags are generally not a medical concern they can become an issue if left untreated. When you first notice that you may have anal tags consult with your doctor to avoid any possible complications.