Skin tags on their own can be quite surprising if you never had them before.
Firstly you might want to try identifying them first with 100% certainty, so that you can be sure it’s a skin tag.
The usual color is black, brown or close to skin color.. And you may be asking:
- Then why is mine red, big or even bleeding?
- Will they get bigger?
- Will they pop?
- What to do?
For now, read on and find what exactly has happened to your skin tag, whether it is irritated, inflamed or just bleeding and what to do about it.
Got Irritated Skin Tags? Here’s How To Treat Them
On their own, they do not become irritated, as originally they are just small balls of skin cells being held together, without any real purpose.
- However, because we live in the modern society where tighter clothes are much more prevalent, rubbing or otherwise irritating the same spot is very common.
- And when a tag is repeatedly rubbed, it can become irritated to the point that it becomes very painful.
- When at this state, it can grow larger due to the bigger amount of blood starting to flow, and will become much more sensitive and painful to the touch.
- The tag also develops a red color instead of its original one.
It is in this state that a lot of people even notice their tags in the first place. The feeling of irritation itself forces them to search for the cause.
For the treatment, apart from being a bit careful about the fact that it will bleed, consulting this general skin tag treatment guide will do just fine.
Basically, irritated skin tags are merely just tags with a heightened blood flow and because they are not dangerous, irritating them does not make them more dangerous, just more painful.
Treating Inflamed or Infected Skin Tags
Why inflamed and infected in the same title?
- That is because inflamed skin tags can be viewed the similarly as infected ones.
- For inflammation, it is the process where your blood increases the flow of plasma to the affected area, this time the skin tag itself.
When this happens, it becomes larger, red, swollen and uncomfortable to the touch.
- The same happens when your skin tag has gotten infected. While the body responds differently, the skin tag tends to look similarly reddish in color.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the inflammation is the body’s response to something attacking it and a way for the body to remove this infection.
- However, this is the only event in which you are strictly recommended to visit a doctor first, especially if the inflamed tag is on your pubic area or breasts.
Only by visiting one will you know with 100% certainty that you are safe from any danger as the infection may spread further, and you wouldn’t want that to happen.
Treating Skin Tags that are Bleeding
Probably one of the most common from the 3, is that the skin tags start to bleed, because of an injury or if you decide to cut it off yourself.
Now, what will happen afterwards is similar for everyone, but there are some exceptions.
- What happens normally is just normal bleeding that you would expect from a small flesh wound.
- Meaning a little bit of blood, but nothing that can’t be handled with a piece of cloth applied until the bleeding stops.
- Imagine it like a scar that was just ripped, the bleeding will be similar as that, nothing severe, just enough to make a blood stain on your clothes.
But, as said before, there are some exceptions to this.
- In some cases, when the skin tag is either really big, really red, visibly irritated or even inflamed, there is much more blood present in the skin tag itself.
- If such a tag starts to bleed, it will bleed at a much faster rate.
- In this case, a single piece of cloth will rarely do the job, so instead it is advised to have at least a few pieces of good (medical is preferred) cloth at hand.
As a safety precaution, have a phone or another person nearby, and while it is almost impossible for this to happen, some people have been reported to faint during this procedure, most of the times due to a bad stomach and seeing their own blood.