A skin tag (also know as an acrochordon, cutaneous tag, fibroma molluscum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma and templeton skin tag) is a small benign tumor that most often forms where the skin creases. Although anyone can get skin tags, they are more common in pregnant women, obese people and people with Type 2 diabetes. Skin tags may be removed in several ways, 1 of the easiest being to cut off the flow of blood to the base of the skin tag.
Things You'll Need
- Dental floss
- Topical antibiotic ointment
Start by cutting a piece of dental floss to the desired length and tying it into a knot that can be slid over the skin tag. A slipknot works well for this (see link in Resources).
Slide the knot over the skin tag to its base and tighten it so as to cut off the blood supply. Be sure the floss is situated as far down on the skin tag as possible to prevent a partial tag or re-growth.
After a day or 2, the skin tag should drop off. Apply some topical antibiotic ointment and a bandage if the area is tender.