Skin Tags and Kids: What Parents Need to Know

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Approximately 25 percent of the human population currently suffers, or has suffered from, skin tags.  This ranks skin tags among the most common cosmetic problems, which is why children shouldn’t worry or feel embarrassed if they have them.  While skin tags are most common in middle-aged adults and senior citizens, children are not immune from them.

The Most Common Skin Tag Type (all ages): Acrochordon

Doctors often refer to skin tags by their technical names, which include acrochordon or papilloma.  Both are the same, and they both refer to skin tags that appear due to friction against the skin, such as by clothing rubbing or chafing an area.  Acrochordon is most likely to appear along the underarms, chest, neck, groin, beneath the breasts, or in the folds of an eyelid.  Children are more at risk for skin tags if they are overweight or obese.  These lesions are benign, and often begin as small, flesh-covered mounds.  The longer they’re left untreated, the larger they will grow.

In some folks, acrochordon skin tags may have a pigment that is darker than one’s normal skin color.  While these darker skin tags generally do not pose a health risk, it’s often a good idea to have them looked at by a physician.  Acrochordon (aka papilloma; aka skin tags) respond well to over-the-counter removal products.  Most products are topical treatments, which detach the tag after one or more uses.  This process isn’t too painful for adults, but for children it may cause fear and irritate the skin.  It’s important to sit children down, and have a frank discussion about the removal process, and why it’s necessary.

Skin tags do contain blood vessels, which may bleed or scar if forcibly removed.  It is never advised to cut off your child’s skin tags (or, your own for that matter)!  When it comes to treating children, it’s important to use caution, and seek out the advice of your pediatrician.

All-Natural is Best for Youthful Skin

There are a lot of skin tag products on the market, but not all are designed to be used by children.  It’s imperative that you check the product’s ingredients and age requirements.  This will help you determine if it’s safe to be used by your child.  There are many all-natural skin tag removal products, and your doctor may recommend using these products because they don’t contain any harsh ingredients.

Remember:  When in doubt, ask your pediatrician what he recommends.

Present at Birth: Congenital Skin Tags

Babies can be born with congenital skin tags.  These skin lesions are tags, which developed in utero, oftentimes close to the targus of the babe’s ear.  In most cases, these tags develop due to ear cartilage not properly developing prior to birth.  Occasionally, a skin tag may also attach the upper part of the ear lobe to the skin on the babe’s head.  It’s not recommended to treat these lesions at home.  Instead, allow your pediatrician to evaluate and test them.  Your child’s doctor will provide treatment solutions; most of which will occur in the doctor’s office.

A Common Childhood Virus: Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum lesions are often mistaken for skin tags, but in actuality they are warty growths caused by a contagious virus.  This virus is common in children under ten years old.  The virus lives on unwashed surfaces, and can be spread by contact, so make sure to disinfect counters, door handles, and more.  Contact a pediatrician if you believe your child is suffering from this common ailment.

When it comes to children, it’s imperative to seek out your pediatrician’s advice.  Better to be safe than sorry, as the old adage success.

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