Anal skin tags or skin tags on anus are excess skin growths occurring at the anal opening. They are very common and are often found in connection with other anal conditions. Anal skin tags may also be called hypertrophied papillae or fibro epithelial polyps. They may be mistaken for warts or piles. 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 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. 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 because they stand up almost as if keeping guard. They normally grow when the anal rim has been damaged.
One of the symptoms with anal skin tags is that they can be itchy and painful. A problem can be one of hygiene particularly because fecal debris can become caught under anal skin tags leading to possible infection. Although anal skin tags are not a risk to health, they may cause problems in maintaining cleanliness after using the toilet. Anal skin tags may also trap moisture and cause irritation. They may also become irritated through rubbing with clothing or the movement associated with sitting.
Anal skin tags may be checked by a doctor to make sure that they are harmless and not a malignant or cancerous growth. 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. It is also possible to remove skin tags at home by tying a piece of dental floss or fine cotton around the base of the skin tag.
This cuts off the blood supply to the skin tag causing it to drop off. However, if they’re either large or extensive, they must be surgically removed in an operating theater while under general anesthetic. Laser surgery has offered great success in removing them while resurfacing the skin to appear normal, but is no less risky or time consuming than scalpel surgery.
Any type of anal surgery carries risks such as shock, infection, post-operative bleeding, and anal sphincter damage leading to long-term fecal incontinence. Be aware of the risks before surgery and plan for both emotional and physical support and post-operative care for at least two weeks after any surgical procedure.