Skin tags are small growths that may either be flesh-colored or darker, hanging from skin by a tiny stalk. While these growths are unsightly, they are common in everyone and are basically harmless. They pose no health risks and are not transmitted through skin contact or sexual intercourse.
Typical skin tags often grow on dry skin like on the neck and armpits, but there are some cases of vaginal skin tags, wherein growths appear in the vaginal are and outer labia. These benign growths may be caused by friction on the skin from everyday items like underwear, panty liners, sanitary napkins or oftentimes through sexual activity. A lot of pregnant women notice the presence of skin tags after giving birth. Vaginal skin tags may swell in size during menstrual periods, but generally go back to normal afterwards. In the rare case that a vaginal skin tag changes in shape, size and color outside of a period, it should be checked immediately for cancer cells in which case it might no longer be a skin tag.
Although these growths normally are no cause for alarm and gynecologists do not require immediate treatment, most women consider them unattractive and would prefer to have them removed. Vaginal skin tags can be removed in the same manner as other skin tags.
Home remedies for skin tag removal include the use of natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, castor oil and baking soda or Dermisil. Using a cotton ball, tea tree oil can be applied on the skin tag thrice a day until it is eliminated. The mixture of castor oil and baking soda follows the same procedure. Dermisil, a medicine made of natural extracts, has also been a proven skin tag treatment.
For quicker results, vaginal skin tags may be removed through excision. This means putting local anesthesia, then cutting off the wart with a small, sharp tool. Larger warts may require more extensive surgery. Other methods for removing warts are electrocauterization and laser therapy. In the former, the skin tags are burned off using electricity, while in laser therapy, laser points are localized to make skin tags fall off.
Cryotherapy is one of the most preferred ways to remove skin tags. This procedure freezes skin tags with liquid nitrogen, instantly stopping their growth and allowing them to wither.
Vaginal skin tags may be harmless, and are removed for cosmetic reasons. However, treatment should be carefully carried out as the vaginal area is a sensitive part of the body and any accidents might cause more problems than what skin tags give.