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Old 05-29-2007, 07:25 AM   #25
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I'd always had a few skin tags, even as a teenager, but when I developed PCOS and IR, the number greatly increased. Mostly, I just live with them, as the majority are small ones on my neck. I've had pea-sized ones elsewhere. Those I had removed by a dermatologist, just for safety and scarring reasons.

To remove the tiny ones on my neck, I use a well-sanitized pair of curved cuticle scissors, lots of rubbing alcohol, lots of Neosporin, and lots of Band-Aids. The reason for the curved cuticle scissors is that they are both made to get small bits of skin and the curve helps me feel like I'm not going to impale my neck on them. If I have someone to help, I let them cut them off, but the technique is still basically the same. Sanitize everything well, including your skin, and pull gently with your fingernails and cut them off at the narrow bridge of skin you see. They will bleed quite a bit for their size. I've gotten some twisted, so the blood doesn't flow back out of them, and they fall off on their own in a couple of days. I haven't done that with big ones, though, so consulting a dermatologist is still my recommendation for those!

I'm not sure how to prevent them, but I do know I get more at certain times of year when I'm wearing certain styles of clothing more often. [Think winter and turtlenecks.]
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