Post # 1
So i’m a semi regular bee going anonymous because i’m a wimp and embarassed. I have a skin tag behind my ear that i personally find gross. this is not a serious health matter or anything, but i’d like to get it removed. it also gets irritated when i wear my glasses occasionally or sunglasses.
any bee’s have any at-home remedies? Does the Dr. Scholl’s kit work?
I’ve looked this up elsewhere, and most suggestions were to 1) tie a piece of thread around it until it fell off and 2) just clip it off with nail clippers. These do not seem like sanitary, hygenic or safe things to do, considering this is a [unfortunate] PIECE of my body and WILL BLEED.
I also asked my MD about it, and he said he could freeze it off, but it might cause skin discolouration, and/or hair loss. Which left me scared. I may still go that route since it is irritating and uncomfortable, and not merely aesthetic…but wondered if there were other options out there (side bar: also afraid to let me MD near me with dry ice since last time he used it on me HE DROPPED THE CUP OF IT ON ME. luckily no excessive burns! yeesh!)
anyways, this topic turns my stomach (Another reason I can’t “just rip it off” as put on another forum), but where else can you find such helpful ladies as on the bee?!
Post # 3
I have seen commercials for a safe skin tag remover but I can’t think of the name off the top of my head. I had a small one on the side of my neck once but it left on it’s own thank goodness! Try googling it, I am sure you’ll find what I am talking about.
Post # 4
Speaking as a surgeon: You can have them cut off under local anaesthetic (I’ve done it, it takes less than 10 minutes). If you have a single stitch put in that should minimise any scarring/hair loss/bleeding in the area. However if it’s really small it’s unlikely you’d need a stitch.
Speaking as someone who had one: I had one on my leg tied with thread, which didn’t work (it came straight back), and then frozen off (which worked but made me pass out in the doctor’s office).
If I had to choose I’d probably got for getting it cut off under local anaesthetic. But you have to find a doc willing to do it. The chance of it getting infected is really low, no matter what solution you choose. However the thread method is most likely for it to just grow straight back.
Post # 5
My mother has used the Dr. Scholl’s kit and it worked just fine for her.
Post # 6
@mkelove: Thanks- there does seem to be some commercial products out there. I’m just nervous of buying something that doesn’t work, or causing more damage than is worth! I”ve been searching, but haven’t come across many reviews of commercial products.
@bikukii: This is helpful! Thanks! I guess I’ll need to see a dermatologist to do the proceedure? I may swing by my local walk-in clinic to get a different opinion from my family MD as he really discouraged me from doing anything about even though, as I said, this isn’t only aesthetic, and it does get irritated. I definately want to find a more permanent solution and not have to worry about it growing back.
Post # 7
@MissNoodles: Perfect! This is the main commercial product I’ve been looking at. I know they have it at the drug store up the street…maybe I’ll just pick it up.
Post # 8
It was done by the general surgery department in the hospital I worked in. However this is the UK (NHS), and so I’m not sure what it would be like in the US.
Post # 9
Apple cider vineagar.
1st coat the area around the skin tag with vasoline
soak a cotton ball with apple cider vineagar
secure with bandaids and keep on overnight.
in the morning, take off the band aids and wash with soap and warm water
keep doing this for about 2 weeks and it will be gone