Acrochordons – Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Acrochordons - Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

What are Acrochordons ?

Skin tags (Acrochordons) is a very comman skin condition that involving small, generally benign skin growths.They are often found on the neck, armpits, trunk, body folds, or other areas.

Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older.

Alternative Names: Skin tags, Acrochordons, Cutaneous skin tags

Symptoms of Acrochordons

  • Skin growth.
  • Usually very small, but sometimes half an inch long.
  • Located on the neck, armpits, trunk, body folds, or other areas
  • May have a narrow stalk.
  • Usually skin-colored, occasionally darker.

Causes of Acrochordons

Skin tags are very common, generally benign skin growths that occur most often after midlife. They are tiny skin protrusions, and may have a small narrow stalk connecting the skin bump to the surface of the skin. They are usually painless and do not grow or change, except for occasional irritation from rubbing by clothing or other friction. Their origin is unknown.

Diagnosis of Acrochordons

Diagnosis is based primarily on the appearance of the skin growth.

Treatment of Acrochordons

  • Skin tags do not need treatment.
  • If skin tags become sore from rubbing clothing or jewelry or if you find them unsightly, they can be removed surgically. Healing is usually complete in a week or two.
  • New skin tags may form even if all existing tags are removed.

Some people have their skin tags disappear if they take chromium picolinate 200 mcg twice a day. This trace element is available at health food and drug stores without a prescription. Chromium polynicotinate can also be taken and is sold under the name Natrol ChromeMate. This mineral must be taken for 3 months to see the results and if you stop taking the chromium the tags will recur.