Anal Skin Tags

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Anal Skin Tag Initial Consultation: $750

Anal skin tags can quickly get in the way of proper cleanup, often irritating the skin. Wiping after a bowel movement can lead to pain, tearing, and irritation, creating a vicious cycle that’s difficult to escape. Chronic itching around the anal area can worsen symptoms and make life difficult. Our team at SoHo Men’s Health can identify the underlying cause for their symptoms and remove anal skin tags through a patient-centered approach, giving you the best outcomes.

What Are Anal Skin Tags?

Anal skin tags are excessive skin growths around the perianal area. Anal skin tags are areas of overstretched skin that can become sensitive due to irritation, causing pain and itching on or around the skin tag. Anal skin tags are benign, but the cause of these tags is unclear. Anything that irritates the skin can cause a skin stage to develop, such as tight clothes, exercise, and extended periods of sitting. Other conditions, such as chronic diarrhea and constipation, can lead to anal skin tags. People with Crohn’s disease are especially prone to anal skin tags due to the chronically inflamed blood vessels. It’s believed that skin tags develop if the blood vessel fails to return to average size, which is also why conditions such as hemorrhoids can increase the risk of skin tag development around the anus.

How Are Anal Skin Tags Treated?

When you visit our doctors at SoHo Men’s Health, we will first provide a physical exam and look at your medical history to diagnose underlying causes. We will ask questions to rule out any underlying disease contributing to your condition. We will perform a digital rectal exam, anoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy during your physical exam. We will check for internal growths and abnormalities in your bowel system.

Once diagnosed, our doctors will look at the anal skin tag in its condition. Some skin tags can be managed by themselves through diet and extra care, but for those experiencing pain, irritation, and itching, there are several ways we can remove your anal skin tags. These methods include:

  • Excision: For smaller tags, they can easily be removed through surgical excision. Surgical excision won’t leave behind any scars and can allow the area to heal on its own. However, this treatment isn’t recommended for larger tags as they may require stitches for closure.
  • Electrodesiccation: Often used to remove precancerous skin conditions, certain types of tags can also be removed. The procedure involves applying an electrical current to the skin tag, causing it to dry out.
  • Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy works with liquid nitrogen to freeze off the skin tag and is a popular choice for removing anal skin tags. Through this method, the skin tag will fall off within a few days.
A doctor and patient discussing Anal Skin Tags

After Treatment For Anal Skin Tags

After your treatment, our physicians will provide further instructions for keeping the surrounding area clean after removal. Keeping the perianal area free of bacteria is important, and our doctors may prescribe a topical creme to assist with this need. Furthermore, we may also prescribe stool softeners to allow for easy stool passing to avoid straining the area.

If you’ve developed an anal skin tag that’s bothersome, itchy, and painful, you should make an appointment with our physicians at SoHo Men’s Health today. 

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