Acrochordons – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

March 19 21:02 2019 Print This Article

Acrochordons is a small benign tumor that form primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as necks, armpits and groin etc. Acrochordons are also called Cutaneous skin tags occurs most often after midlife. Most acrochordons vary in size from 2-5 mm in diameter, although larger acrochordons up to 5 cm in diameter are sometimes evident. They can develop in both men and women as they grow old. They are generally skin colored or darker and their size ranges from 1mm to 5cm. Acrochordons occurs frequently in obese persons and those suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus. Acrochordons are small in most cases and attach with a small stalk to the surface of the skin. They are painless and non-life threatening and are only irritated when rubbed or scratched. They do not cause pain in most cases but can become irritated if rubbed hard or snagged on something. If a acrochordon is torn there can be some heavy bleeding depending on the area of the body where it is located. Treatment is usually not necessary unless the cutaneous tags are irritating or are cosmetically displeasing and the diagnosis is conducted on the basis of appearance of the skin. Comfrey creams and infusions can be used for the treatment of acrochordons. In cases in which a skin tag is irritated or cosmetically unwanted, treatment may be done by freezing the tag with liquid nitrogen, tying off the tag with a thread or suture so as to cut off the blood supply, or cutting off the tag with a scalpel or scissors.

Causes of Acrochordons

Find common causes and risk factors of Name:

  • The tendency to develop skin tags is inherited (runs in families).
  • Diagnosis is based primarily on the appearance of the skin growth.
  • Epidermal growth factor (EGF) and alpha tissue growth factor (TGF) have also been implicated in the development of tumors such as these.
  • The precise cause is unknown.
  • Human papilloma virus (wart virus).
  • Frequent irritation.
  • Insulin resistance:excess collection of insulin in the body may be a cause for the disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Acrochordons

Sign and symptoms may include the following:

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

Treatment for Acrochordons

Treatment may include:

  • Cryotherapy: It involves freezing the acrochordon to make it fall off. however, freezing of the surrounding skin during liquid nitrogen cryotherapy may result in dyschromic lesions.
  • In healing the skin tags are removed surgically. it is applied if tags become sore from rubbing clothing or jewelry or if they are unsightly. it can be completed in a week or two.
  • New skin tags may form even if all existing tags are removed.
  • 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.
  • The treatment os acrochordons is usually not necessary unless the cutaneous tags are irritating or are cosmetically displeasing.
  • Some people have their skin tags disappear if they take chromium picolinate 200 mcg twice a day. This mineral must be taken for 3 months to see the results and if you stop taking the chromium the tags will recur.
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