Skin tags are popularly known as acrochordons in the medical world by health professionals. When located on the anus, they are referred to as anal skin tags. Anal skin tags are a type of benign skin tumors. Virtually everyone is bound to have these tumors appear on their body at a point in their lives. They are commonly found in older adults, overweight people and diabetic individuals who suggest there might be a link between these factors and the formation of skin tags.
Scientific explanation on how they are formed and what caused them are faint and still under research. However, friction has been observed to be a leading factor and the cause for these tumors. The reason being that skin tags generally form on areas with skin folds which tends to rub against each other.
Skin tags found on the anus or anywhere else around the buttocks could be caused as a result of different factors. We would be discussing probable causes and the proper ways to get rid of them in greater details.
Causes Of Anal Skin Tags
Skin tags irrespective of whey they appear on the body share similar characteristics. They are small, soft, and smooth fleshy growths that form on the body. They are harmless and pose no threat to your health.
Apart from friction, some factors are also believed to contribute to the formation of skin tags on the body. Some of them include –
Constipation: regular constipation could lead to the formation of skin tags.
Hemorrhoids: venous swelling near or inside the anus could contribute to increased friction which is believed to be the leading cause of skin tags.
Genetics: Few studies have shown that hereditary might also be responsible for the formation of skin tags in some individuals as experienced by some family members.
Unlubricated Anal Sex: The anus unlike the vagina isn’t lubricated and could cause a lot of friction and even injury to the anus.
How To Get Rid Of The Skin Tags On The Buttock or Anus
Before attempting to remove the tumors on your skin, you need to ensure that the tumors are skin tags and not a different skin growth. A visit to a doctor will help you make the right diagnosis and erase any form of doubt in your mind.
After confirming what you are dealing with is an anal skin tag and not a malignant growth or a different form of benign skin growth, the next course of action is to seek treatment.
You can have a doctor remove them for you which is highly effective though expensive, or you can try to remove them by yourself.
If you prefer to remove them yourself, they are various over-the-counter treatment solutions that you can use. These solutions are 2x – 5x times cheaper than a visit to a dermatologist.
Anal Skin Tag Removal By A Doctor or Dermatologist
A dermatologist can use any of the methods below to remove the growth on your anus.
Excision – use of a sterilized sharp knife, scissors or blade to cut off the skin growth after administering a local anesthetic or numbing cream to the area to minimize sensitivity and reduce pain.
Laser Treatment – use of a laser beam to burn off skin tags on the body
Cryotherapy – use of freezing medical compound to freeze and destroy the skin tags
Cauterization – use of a medical cautery pen or device to cauterize and destroy the skin tags.
The Pro of Having A Doctor Remove Your Skin Tags For You
Quick Removal of Skin Tags
Less Chance of Scarring After Removal
Low Risk of Infection
Lesser Pain Felt
Expert Advice on Skin Tag Removal Aftercare. You get advice on how to take care of your skin after the removal and how to prevent recurrence.
Cons Of Having A Doctor Remove Your Anal Skin Tags
Expensive. Consultation and removal fee charged by a doctor is much more expensive than using over-the-counter treatment options
Long Waiting Hours. The medical world still suffers from the curse of long waiting hours before you can be attended to.
Do-It-Yourself Anal Skin Tags Removal
For those who prefer to have their anal skin tags removed by themselves, they are various ways to go about this. You can opt for a natural home remedy or use any of the over-the-counter treatment options available.
Both options have their strengths and weaknesses.
It is also important to have it in mind that these treatment options might not be as effective or fast as having a doctor remove them for you. The location
Natural Home Remedies – use of tea tree oil, lemon oil, dental floss, etc.
Over-The-Counter Solutions (And Method Of Removal) – TagBand Skin Tag Remover Kit (Ligation), Dr. Scholl Freeze Away Wart Remover (Freezing), Kungber Pen Mole Remover (Cauterizing).
Pros of DIY Treatment for Removing Anal Skin Tags
It is less expensive. Most of the DIY solutions cost about two times to four times lesser than a visit to a hospital.
No long waiting hours or loss of productive time waiting for a doctor.
Cons of DIY Treatment for Removing Anal Skin Tags
High Risk of Complications.
Treatment Might Be Ineffective.
Treatment usually takes a long time before you start to see the results.
Post Treatment Care After Anal Skin Tag Removal
Avoid engaging your body especially the lower part of your body in strenuous activities like exercising to avoid rupturing any healing wound and promote healing.
Clean and sterilize the wound with an antimicrobial wash regularly to reduce the risk of infection
Try using a laxative to ease bowel movement and avoid foods that contribute to constipation
Refrain from activities that might put too much friction on your anal region for the wound to heal completely. e.g., anal sex
Take antibiotics to help minimize the risk of infection.
How To Prevent Anal Skin Tags
Here are measures you can take to avoid the recurrence of skin tags on your anus or buttocks:
Stimulate easy bowel movement with the use of a laxative. Laxative makes your stool soft which helps reduce friction during its passage. Also drink a lot of water.
Clean your anus thoroughly after each bowel movement to help reduce friction and irritation that could lead to skin tags.
The anus should be well lubricated before anal intercourse to reduce friction, irritation, and inflammation.
Wear breathable fabrics and avoid wearing tight underwear to avoid irritation.
Avoid foods that might contribute to constipation. E.g. processed grains, dairy products, rd meats, fast foods etc.