How to Remove Skin Tags Using Dental Floss

By Ryan Marsch

A skin tag (also know as an acrochordon, cutaneous tag, fibroma molluscum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma and templeton skin tag) is a small benign tumor that most often forms where the skin creases. Although anyone can get skin tags, they are more common in pregnant women, obese people and people with Type 2 diabetes. Skin tags may be removed in several ways, 1 of the easiest being to cut off the flow of blood to the base of the skin tag.

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A skin tag (also know as an acrochordon, cutaneous tag, fibroma molluscum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma and templeton skin tag) is a small benign tumor that most often forms where the skin creases. Although anyone can get skin tags, they are more common in pregnant women, obese people and people with Type 2 diabetes. Skin tags may be removed in several ways, 1 of the easiest being to cut off the flow of blood to the base of the skin tag.

Start by cutting a piece of dental floss to the desired length and tying it into a knot that can be slid over the skin tag. A slipknot works well for this (see link in Resources).

Slide the knot over the skin tag to its base and tighten it so as to cut off the blood supply. Be sure the floss is situated as far down on the skin tag as possible to prevent a partial tag or re-growth.

After a day or 2, the skin tag should drop off. Apply some topical antibiotic ointment and a bandage if the area is tender.

Tip

Skin tags are most often located in difficult places to reach, so it may be easier to get help with the procedure.

Warning

If the skin tag is located in a visible area, it may be a good idea to seek advice from a medical professional before proceeding with removal to prevent scarring.

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About the Author

Ryan Marsch is an information technology director and business manager in Jefferson City, Mo. He is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in general business. In addition to his IT work, he has taken his love of graphic design and auto racing and turned them into the successful companies Hollywood Graphics, L.L.C. and PPC Motorsports, L.L.C.

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