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Anal Skin Tags

Although skin tags can appear in different parts of the body and even the genital area itself, anal skin tags are different in that they can be caused by conditions in the anal area instead of as a result of aging, obesity or other factors which contribute to regular skin tags.


Anal skin tags grow over time from a small lump (the size of a pimple) growing to a larger lump that is hanging and growing from the skin by a narrower stalk of skin.

Anal skin tags can be because of anal fissures (small tears in the anus caused by a hard stool). The resulting healing process can cause the anal skin to become uneven so that tags result. Another reason can be from hemorrhoids when any tissue-swelling can extend to the anal skin and ultimately become tags themselves. Another type of anal skin tag is called a sentinel skin tag, given the name because they "stand up" almost as if keeping guard. They normally grow when the anal rim has been damaged, meaning that any pain will indicate a problem requiring a medical examination.

Symptoms and Problems

One of the symptoms with anal skin tags is that they can be itchy and painful, unlike skin tags elsewhere. A problem can be one of hygiene particularly because fecal debris can become caught under anal skin tags leading to possible infection. The higher the number of skin tags, the greater the problems.

Many people with anal and other genital skin tags find them embarrassing particularly as sexual partners could fear the presence of a sexually transmitted disease even though these tags are harmless and not contagious.


The easiest time to have anal skin tags removed is when they are small, choosing a safe and painless way to treat and remove them. Select a natural product that provides a safe and painless remedy with no risk of any scarring and no post-treatment care necessary.

The genital area is particularly sensitive so avoid any over-the-counter medications which can be especially harsh.

Other treatments include:

  • If cost is not important, laser treatment can be used on anal skin tags with success especially because at the same time, the whole anal area can be re-surfaced too.
  • Cryotherapy is the name given to the procedure of freezing off anal skin tags.
  • Surgical excision involves cutting off any anal skin tags under surgical conditions. A local anesthetic usually accompanies the procedure for pain.
  • Electrocautery which is an especially suitable treatment for large skin tags, involving cutting off the anal tag before cauterizing the wound.

Post-Treatment Care

Any type of anal surgery carries risks including shock, infection, bleeding and even anal sphincter damage (leading to possible long-term fecal incontinence). Be aware of the risks before embarking on surgery and plan for both emotional and physical support and post-operative care for at least two weeks after any surgical procedure.

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