What Are anal skin tags?
Anal skin tags are small, non-cancerous growths of skin that can develop around the anus. They are often the result of friction or irritation and are generally harmless, although they can become painful if they become irritated or infected.
How do Anal skin Tags form?
Anal skin tags form as a result of friction or irritation around the anus. This can occur due to a number of factors, including:
-Skin rubbing against skin or clothing
-Prolonged straining during bowel movements
-Hemorrhoids -Previous anal surgery or injury
-Conditions such as Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel disease that cause chronic inflammation in the anus and rectum.
How do you remove anal skin tags?
Anal skin tags can be removed through the following methods:
-Cryotherapy (freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen)
-Surgical excision (cutting the skin tag off with a scalpel)
-Ligation (tying off the skin tag’s blood supply, causing it to fall off)
-Electrocautery (burning the skin tag with an electric current)
It’s important to consult a doctor or dermatologist to determine the best method of removal, as well as to rule out any underlying conditions that may be causing the skin tags to form. The doctor may also perform a biopsy to ensure the growths are not cancerous.
Is anal skin tag removal painful?
The level of pain associated with anal skin tag removal varies depending on the method used.
For cryotherapy and electrocautery, the procedure is typically painless as the area is numbed beforehand. Surgical excision and ligation may be more painful as they involve cutting or tying off the skin tag, but the doctor will typically provide a local anaesthetic to minimize discomfort.
In some cases, anal skin tags can cause discomfort or pain if they become irritated, so removal may provide relief. However, post-procedure pain and discomfort can also occur, so it’s important to discuss potential side effects and pain management options with a doctor.