Growths on the skin called skin tags, are typically fleshy colored and are harmless. Other than being visually unappealing, most of the time you wouldn’t even know they are there.
If you had skin tags, you probably heard all about them already. But you may not have heard about a thrombosed skin tag or what it is.
What is a thrombosed skin tag? A thrombosed skin tag is a skin tag that has an inadequate blood supply. Otherwise known as a clotted skin tag, it typically turns black or purple in color because of its lack of blood. In most cases, a thrombosed skin tag will fall off on their own within 3 to 10 days.
You’ve probably heard many times, skin tags are non-cancerous or harmful. More often than not, that’s true. There are some situations where that may be untrue. They can get irritated, mostly from friction, and can become a problem (r). But what about a thrombosed skin?
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of one before. This blog post will tell you how they occur, are they dangerous and if you have to get rid of them or just ignore them.
Thrombosed Skin Tag
To explain a thrombosed skin tag, I must explain a few facts about tags. Skin tags contain cells, fibers and an epidermis. They contain blood vessels just like any other part of your body.
A thrombosed skin tag is a skin tag that turns color and becomes dark in color, typically black or deep purple looking. It turns color because something has interrupted its blood supply. The skin tag can get twisted, or the blood to the skin tag gets clotted.
Because of the lack of blood supply, the skin tag typically begins to die and fall off within a few days to a week. Most of the time, a thrombosed skin tag is not a big concern. Most people may even be happy because it results in one less skin tag than before.
Disclaimer: If any skin growth changes color, gets irritated or causes pain, it is recommended to have it checked by a dermatologist (r).
How A Thrombosed Skin tag Changes Its Appearance
Most skin tags are fleshy colored or the same as your skin. A thrombosed skin, most likely started as the same. As its blood supply gets reduced, the skin tag starts changing color and becomes darker. In addition, the skin tag shrinks in size as it begins to die.
The stalk of the skin tag may become more visible because the main body shrinks in size exposing more of the stalk. The stalk (peduncle) is the part that connects the skin tag to the surface of your skin.
Are All Dark Skin Tags Thrombosed?
Although most skin tags are the same color of your skin, some are naturally darker. This just happens and is considered normal with no reason for concern. I’ve had skin tags grow in darker than the others and stayed dark. These skin tags annoyed me more than the others because my skin is a lighter color, causing those skin tags to be more noticeable.
Other times a skin tag can be dark and not thrombosed is when it gets infected. This typically happens to skin tags located close to tight clothing or jewelry. In addition, it can happen in areas of the skin that receive a lot of friction.
The constant rubbing from tight clothing, jewelry or skin rubbing on other skin can cause irritation. If it’s allowed to continue, the constant irritation can cause the skin tag to bleed. The exposed contusion over time may cause an infection.
If your skin tag gets infected, you need to visit a doctor. For various different reasons, people like avoiding a visit at the physician. Many times expenses like copays or high costs come into play. Skin tag treatments for visible reasons only are typically not covered. But if your skin tag is causing you problems, you’re likely to be covered.
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Are Thrombosed Painful Skin Tags?
Most skin tags aren’t painful, and you wouldn’t even know they were there if you couldn’t see them. It would make sense a thrombosed skin tag would hurt because its blood supply is blocked and it’s ready to die. All the thrombosed skin tags I’ve had, never caused pain. Other than changing in color and size, they didn’t feel any different.
Even ones I tied off with string only caused some pain when I initially tied it, but not later after it turned color and died. If you’re interested in how I did it, I explain it in full detail in my free skin tag e-book. You can download it instantly by clicking right here.
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