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Can A Skin Tag In The Armpit Cause Skin Irritation?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Nov 2017
Question: Hello, I have tied a skin tag in my armpit with dental floss and not it seems bigger, with the tip seemingly full fluid (the skin looks tight around the fluid, almost ready to pop). I've been at work so my clothes could have rubbed it a lot. It doesn't hurt, even when I touch it. I am still concerned though, because I tied smaller skin tags before and they just turned black, dried and fell off, unlike this one.
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Skin tag seems to have become irritated

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for being at HealthcareMagic,
I have gone through your complaints and reviewed the attached photograph.

The skin tag seems to have become irritated due to tieing.

You can either wait for irritation to lessen or consult a dermatologist and get it removed by electrocautery or radiofrequency ablation.

To reduce the irritation apply Cortisone cream on the tag twice daily.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards
Dr Asmeet


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (24 minutes later)
Hi,

Thank you for the quick reply. I have 2 questions,
1. The tie is still on, is that okay? (to be fair, I can't remove it anyway)
2. What happens if I just cut the skin tag off? I have alcohol to disinfect the scissor and around the skin tag, but it is the alcohol that you can buy so you can rub it on your hand when you have no opportunity to wash it. I don't know if it's suitable.
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ideally, the tie should be removed, will bleed if directly cut with scissors

Detailed Answer:
Hi again,

Ideally the tie should be removed.
But in case it can't be removed, nothing to worry much.

You can remove the tag with scissors.

The only thing is it will bleed.
But how will you control the bleeding?
That's why I recommended you to consult a doctor and get it removed by electrocautery or radio-frequency ablation.

Hope you got my point, feel free to ask further.

Regards


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (23 minutes later)
Thank you for the advice!

However, I'm not very fussy about the bleeding. I cut myself a lot at work so I'm used to it. My question is though, what level of bleeding are we talking about. If I can just press a clean cloth or tissue against it until it coagulates and the put a plaster over it, then I can do that without problems. If it's a heavier sort of bleeding then I rather wait until it falls off on it's own.

The reason why I don't want to involve doctors is because I'm going away on a holiday next Saturday and I want this done by then and appointments usually take ages and since it's a cosmetic thing it will cost me too, so just simply cutting it off seems a more attractive choice for me.

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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Then wait for it to fall off on its own

Detailed Answer:
I would recommend you to wait for it to fall off on its own.

It will be a slightly heavier bleeding to be controlled by only a tissue or plaster.
Wait for some days as it might shrink on its own and then fall off.

Regards


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (12 minutes later)
Thank you, I will do that. One last question,

What's the most effective way to treat Keratosis pilaris?

I use cream to moisturise the skin on my arms and it does make it better but I've had it since I was really young and I never really managed to treat it well enough to make them disappear or at least undetectable.

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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Ammonium lactate lotion, tretinoin cream, capsule vitamin A

Detailed Answer:
For keratoses pilaris you can apply ammonium lactate lotion on the affected areas or tretinoin 0.05 percent cream on the affected areas at night.
Along with this continue with the moisturiser.
If it is severe you can take capsule vitamin A 50,000 IU once daily for 2 weeks.
These are prescription drugs and you need to see the doctor in person to get them.
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Can A Skin Tag In The Armpit Cause Skin Irritation?

Brief Answer: Skin tag seems to have become irritated Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for being at HealthcareMagic, I have gone through your complaints and reviewed the attached photograph. The skin tag seems to have become irritated due to tieing. You can either wait for irritation to lessen or consult a dermatologist and get it removed by electrocautery or radiofrequency ablation. To reduce the irritation apply Cortisone cream on the tag twice daily. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards Dr Asmeet