Q. I have skin tags. How can I remove them without going to the doctor’s office?
A. Most dermatologists would recommend that you have skin tags removed surgically. These fleshy growths are benign and tend to show up in skin folds such as armpits, groin or around the neck.
Readers of this column have offered a number of remedies, with varying success. They include:
- Liquid bandage: “I have used liquid bandage on skin tags with good success. Brush on twice a day. They will fall off within 7 to 10 days.”
- Clear nail polish: “I use colorless nail polish for skin tags. Apply once daily and they will disappear in a short while.”
- Thread: “Years ago I asked my doctor what to do about a skin tag. He told me to have someone tie a thread around it very tightly. It was a bit uncomfortable, but the skin tag soon disappeared.”
Others report success with applications of apple cider vinegar or zinc oxide ointment. If the skin tag does not respond promptly, have a doctor check to make sure it is not something more serious.