A hemorrhoid skin tag is a skin tag left behind in the rectal area after hemorrhoids have shrunk. To understand how this works, you need to first understand what hemorrhoids are and how they develop. We’ll explain all that and we will also tell you how to treat hemorrhoid skin tags. Keep in mind the fact that skin tags are treated differently than hemorrhoids and while skin tags are almost never serious, hemorrhoids sometimes are, so if you have hemorrhoids or think you might have them, we recommend seeing your doctor.
What You Need to Know about Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in the rectum. They are just like varicose veins some people develop in their legs. Blood vessels in the lower part of the rectum become swollen and distended, often as a result of excessive pressure on them. Pregnant women often get hemorrhoids because the growing baby puts pressure on the pelvic floor. People that experience frequent constipation often develop hemorrhoids because straining to have a bowel movement puts lots of pressure on rectal blood vessels.
Hemorrhoids vary in size but can range from the size of a pea to the size of a grape. They often itch and can also be quite painful. They frequently bleed, as well.
Hemorrhoids often shrink in time, especially if the cause of them is not a chronic condition. After they shrink, they sometimes leave behind skin tags.
What You Need to Know about Skin Tags
Skin tags are small flaps of skin, often connected to the body by a narrow stem called a peduncle. Skin tags do not only develop in the rectal area, by the way. They can appear anywhere on the body, including on the face, neck, chest, underarms, and genital area.
Unlike hemorrhoids, skin tags are not caused by bulging blood vessels; in most instances, doctors don’t know what causes them. Sometimes, though, after the swollen blood vessel of a hemorrhoid shrinks and returns to normal, a bit of skin remains out of place, creating a skin tag.
Unlike hemorrhoids, skin tags usually do not hurt. They may become irritated, however, from wiping or if your underclothing rubs against them. In that case, they may also bleed.
Treating a Hemorrhoid Skin Tag
If your skin tags are not bothering you, no treatment is necessary. People often prefer to have skin tags in more visible areas, like on the face or neck, removed for cosmetic reasons, but that’s less often an issue with hemorrhoids skin tags, of course. If your skin tags become irritated or sore, though, treatment is available.
Doctors remove skin tags caused by hemorrhoids the same way they remove skin tags in other areas. They may excise them (which means cutting them off). They may use cryosurgery (which means freezing them off with liquid nitrogen). You can read more about cryosurgery here. They may use electrocautery (which means burning them off).
If the thought of having such procedures done in such a sensitive area leaves you cringing, you’re not alone. People are often reluctant to have skin tags in less sensitive areas removed like that, although the procedures are generally not terribly painful.
There are other treatment options and we’ll tell you what we recommend in a moment.
First, though, it’s important to understand that skin tags are treated differently than hemorrhoids, so you need to make sure you know which condition you are experiencing. It can be difficult to tell sometimes since it’s hard to get a good look at that area of your own body.
If you’re not sure, visit your doctor. Sometimes people feel embarrassed about seeing their doctor for skin tags or hemorrhoids, but it’s nothing your doctor hasn’t seen before, and you need to have an accurate diagnosis in order to get effective treatment. You can also discuss your available treatment options with your doctor, of course.
Our Preferred Treatment
To treat a hemorrhoid skin tag, the treatment we prefer is a topical formula called H-Skin Tags Formula. Made with natural ingredients like homeopathic remedies and essential oils, it removes skin tags painlessly and it is safe to use even in your most sensitive areas. You don’t need a prescription to get it and it comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee (although we are pretty sure you’ll be satisfied with the results). To learn more about our preferred treatment for hemorrhoid skin tags, just follow the link.