Month: December 2012

Facts About Skin Tag Removal

Most skin tabs or skin tags are small, look strange and usually do not hurt. Because of their small size and painlessness, many people think they can remove their own skin tags at home. This can be a dangerous assumption, especially if the skin tags occur on the genitals or eyelids. Do-it-yourself skin tag removal remidies, such as cutting the tag off with scissors, opens the body to infections and causes unnecessary pain.
Removing a skin tag may also be unnecessary. They are not contagious and are not symptoms of a contagious disease. Some skin tags will fall off by themselves. They may turn dark blue, purple or black and drop off after three to eleven days. These color-changing skin tags are also painless. If they do suddenly become painful, they should be checked by a doctor or dermatologist.
Types of Skin Tag Removal
There are several in-office procedures doctors and dermatologists do to remove skin tags from patients. Just what method is used depends on where the skin tag is located and the overall health of the individual patient. The three main types of in-office skin tag removal procedures include freezing, burning and surgical removal.
Freezing is done by spraying liquid nitrogen on the tag. This freezes the skin and effectively kills it. The tag may then be surgically removed with sterile surgical equipment or allowed to fall off on its own. Freezing may not be an option for skin tags on the genitals or near the eyes.
Burning is done with an electric medical cauterizer. Usually a local anesthesia is given unless there are many skin tags to be removed or the tag is exceptionally large and then the patient may need to go under general anesthetic. The skin tags darken and fall off soon after being burned.
Surgical removal can be done in office or in the hospital, depending on where the skin tags are. This is often the only option for genital tags since freezing or burning may damage healthy skin around the tag.
What About Do-it-yourself Wart Removal Products?
Never use over the counter wart removal sprays or liquids on skin tags. They will not work and may cause pain, severe irritation and damage to your healthy skin. Warts and skin tags are not the same and cannot be treated in the same way. Many wart removal products are mild acids which can cause pain and permanent scarring for people who use these products to remove skin tags.
If the skin tag is located underneath the breast, on the fingers or anywhere where it constantly rubs against clothes or skin, then this acid causes intense itching. Even a saint will not be able to resist scratching. Scratching breaks open the skin and can cause dangerous infections.
In order to avoid damaging healthy skin, causing permanent scars and dangerous internal infections, anyone with bothersome skin tags should see a medical professional with sterile equipment for skin tag removal. A doctor or dermatologist can also see if one of the tags should be closely examined for cancer. Skin tags are a type of skin tumor. Although they are usually benign, but it is always best to have them checked out to be sure they are not cancerous.

Additional References
University of Maryland Medical Center. “Cutaneous Skin Tags.”

Web MD. “Slideshow: Common Adult Skin Problems.”

WiseGeek. “What are Genital Skin Tags?”

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Treatment of Genital Warts

We all know that the best way to avoid an STD (sexually transmitted disease) is by not having sex with anyone who has not been tested. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen the way we hope, and carriers of genital warts don’t always know they have them. There is no cure for genital warts, and the only thing that an infected patient can do is treat them and tell all of their sexual partners that they have it.
Genital warts are caused by a virus called condylomata acuminata, and can also be referred to as venereal warts. The virus cannot be irradiated once it is contracted, and it is possible to spread the disease to future sexual partners regardless of whether or not you have visible warts.
In women, genital warts are found on both the outside and the inside of the vagina, as well as on the cervix, the uterus, and around the anus. In men, genital warts can be found on the tip of the penis, the scrotum and around the anus. They are much more common in women than in men. Sometimes, genital warts are small, single warts on the skin, but they can also form in large clusters. A genital wart that has not be treated will usually turn into a large, fleshy, cauliflower-like wart given time.
Although it is impossible to “cure” a patient of genital warts, they can be treated by your primary care physician or gynecologist. One of the methods that doctors use to treat genital warts is by using liquid nitrogen. The doctor will “freeze” the wart from the skin, leaving a reddish abraded area where the wart once was, which is called cryotherapy. Burning the warts from the skin is called electrocautery. Typically, freezing and burning genital warts is reserved for single warts or very small clusters.
Larger outbreaks of genital warts can be treated with a imiquimod cream, a 20% podophyllin antimitotic solution, a 5% percent 5-fluorouracil cream, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
Untreated, genital warts sometimes disappear on their own, though they usually form the raised cauliflower-like appearance described above. If you suspect that you have contracted genital warts, you should visit your doctor and discuss treatment options. Genital warts can usually be diagnosed visually, though a blood test will show the presence of the virus, as well.
Women with genital warts are also at an increased risk for human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be diagnosed following a pap smear. Women who discover that they have genital warts should also be tested for HPV.
Even after treatment, genital warts can reappear, sometimes in larger quantities than before. It is important that infected patients keep a close eye for future outbreaks, and consult their doctor immediately when one occurs. It is also important that the patient share the fact that they have genital warts with all future sexual partners.

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Homemade Remedies to Get Rid of Common Warts

Common warts most often pop up on your hands, but they can also appear on your arms, legs and face. Warts often stand up away from the skin, but they’re sometimes rather flat like moles. You can tell the difference between a true wart and a mole by checking the skin lines in it. If the lines move through the growth, then it’s a mole. If the lines of your skin stop at the growth and continue on the other side, then it’s a wart. Also, warts feel rough. They’re not smooth. Use these
homemade remedies to get rid of common warts!
Duct Tape Has a Thousand and One Uses
1. There are oodles of ways to use duct tape, and getting rid of common warts is just one of them. Place a piece of duct tape over the wart so it covers it, but not the skin surrounding it. Leave the tape in place for a week. Then, soak the common wart in water until it softens. Use an emery board to gently rub some of the wart away. Repeat this entire procedure for the next three weeks and the wart should disappear!
2. Green Banana Peels Also Eradicate Warts
Another homemade remedy to get rid of common warts is to cut a piece out of a green banana peel. Place the piece over the wart so the inside is against the skin. Then, hold the peel in place with a strip of gauze and medical tape. Keep the area clean and change the piece of banana peel, gauze and tape on a daily basis. Eventually, the wart should dry up.
3. Vitamin E Is Known for Its Healing, Restorative Properties
Use a sharp, sanitized needle to poke a hole in a Vitamin E capsule. Carefully squeeze the oil onto the wart so it completely covers it. Place a bandage over the wart and keep it clean. Repeat this process daily and apply a clean bandage, and the wart should be gone soon!
4. Hydrogen Peroxide Is Another Effective, Homemade Remedy
Douse a common wart with hydrogen peroxide (3.5% grade) every day and allow it to dry. The solution will kill the virus so the growth will vanish.
5. Tea Tree Oil is a Natural Antiseptic That Can Kill Viruses
This homemade remedy to get rid of common warts is as simple as the others. All you need to do is apply tea tree oil on the wart every day. Cover the growth with a bandage and keep it clean. Reapply the oil and change the bandage every day until the common wart is gone.
6. Oregano Oil is a Powerful Homemade Remedy for Common Warts
Apply a drop or two of Oregano oil to the wart so it’s completely covered. Cover the growth with a bandage. Reapply the oil every day and change the bandages until the wart disappears completely.
And finally, drink plenty of Echinacea tea, or take supplements, and this natural antibiotic can actually help your body produce an immunity to warts so you will never get them again!

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