An anal skin tag is an excess growth of skin around the anus. Anal skin tags are almost always benign and rarely cause pain. However, skin tags can cause discomfort and itching. They are usually small and can be left alone. Often, patients prefer having them removed for cosmetic reasons and general annoyance.
Anal skin tags are typically healed external hemorrhoids leaving a stretched-out skin around the anus. Therefore, all the risk factors associated with hemorrhoids such as prolonged period of sitting on the toilet, straining, chronic constipation are the risk factors for anal skin tags. Patients with Crohn’s disease are more typically more prone to develop anal skin tags.
Anal skin tags are visible and can be easily identified during the physical examination. Once identified, skin tags can be easily removed with a relatively routine office procedure.