Skin Tags on Penis, Meaning, Causes, Get Rid at home

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Skin tags on penis are quite common. On penis, skin tags can be seen as fleshy outgrowths on the shaft and tip on the penis. The growths are harmless, but caution must be exercised before you try to remove or get rid of the growths.

In this topic, we explore:

  • The meaning of skin tags
  • The difference between genital warts and skin tags
  • What causes these growths not only on penis but on other parts of the body
  • Treatment, removal and how to get rid of the growths

Meaning of skin tags on penis

What does skin tags on penis mean? Also known as acrochordons, skin tags are common small growths that develop on penile shaft, on tip of penis and around the groin. These growths are common in both men and women.

They are harmless and often considered benign. Skin tags will often develop as a result of the friction created when your skin rubs against the skin.

As a result of the hot and increased friction around the genitals, one is likely to develop skin tags around these areas.

Skin tags are likely to develop in the skin folds where the skin rubs against itself. This explains why these growths are common in overweight people with excess folds of skin and chaffing.

So what causes skin tags on penis?

Causes of skin tags on penis

Anybody can develop skin tags not only on penis but also on other parts of the body. That is how common these growths are. As mentioned, the growths are harmless and can occur on any part of the body.

Skin tags are made of loose collagen fiber (a type of protein found throughout the body) and blood vessel surrounded by the skin. Though anybody can develop these growths, they are more common in older people than in young once.

These growths are also common in people with type 2 diabetes, obese and overweight people and in pregnant women as a result of changes in hormonal levels.

In other cases, some people may end up developing the growths for no apparent reasons. some people may end up developing the growths for no apparent reasons.

a) Friction between skin and skin or skin and your clothing can be the cause of these growths on tip and shaft of your penis.

b) Genetics or hereditary: there are theories that suggest that skin tags are hereditary.

c) Hormones fluctuations can also cause the development of these growths on different parts of the body. This explains why the growths are common in pregnant women. In men, steroid use has been linked to these growths.

Are skin tags contagious? Symptoms

There is no evidence to currently suggest that common skin tags are contagious. In most of the cases, the only symptoms seen is the actual fleshy growths.

The appearance may, however, vary from person to person. In some people, the growths may be light tan or peach-colored whereas in others the color will often range from light brown to dark brown.

The tag may also lie flat on the tip or shaft of penis or in other cases, they may be attached to the genital through a mushroom-like stalk.

Except for the physical appearance, skin tags on penis will often not cause pain or discomfort. A skin tag may need to be removed if it shows any of the following:

  • Death of skin tissue also known as necrosis or
  • When it became irritated or red from bleeding

Skin tags vs genital warts

Skin tags on penis are often mistaken for genital warts. This is because both skin tags and genital warts are harmless, abnormal and non-cancerous skin growths.

There are however some differences that will help in the diagnosis of the growths. Common difference between skin tags and genital warts include the following:

  • While genital warts are caused by the HPV virus, there is no organism involved with the development of skin tags. However, being obese, hormonal changes, hereditary factors, and constant skin irritation increase the risk of developing skin tags.
  • Skin tags can appear on any part of the body, on the other hand-genital warts will often occur on the penile shaft, or scrotum, or around the anal region.
  • While skin tags on penis shaft are often smooth, genitals warts will often appear rough
  • While there are no precautionary measures for skin tags, genital warts can often be prevented by taking precautions such as wearing a condom or maintaining proper personal hygiene.

Picture of skin tags on penis

skin tags on penis


penile skin tags

Treatment for skin tags on penis

Skin tags on penis or on other parts of the body are harmless, as such, no treatment is often required. Most people will often choose not to treat the tags especially when the tags are not bothersome.

However, when the tags are bleeding, painful or bothersome, there are different treatment options one may use.

Treating skin tags may involve both home remedies and medical treatment option to get rid of.

Skin tag removal

Skin tag removal is considered a cosmetic surgery. In rare cases, the tag may spontaneously fall off without any pain or discomfort. This will often occur after the skin tag has twisted on itself at the stalk base thus interrupting the blood flow to the tag.

a) Cauterization

Cauterization is one of the most effective medical options you can use to remove skin tags on penis. This option involves burning parts of the skin to remove or close off a part of it.

At home, you can use a cautery pen. A cautery pen can be used to remove even the smallest skin tags that is why cauterization is considered an effective option.

c) Freezing with liquid nitrogen

Cryosurgery or cryotherapy is the other option your dermatologist may use to remove the skin tags. In this option, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the growth. One advantage of this procedure is that it is swift and can be completed in one visit.

Liquid nitrogen has the effect of instantly freezing a skin tag. This helps block regular flow of oxygen and blood. Without this two, the tag is not able to survive. It starts to turn black then fall off.

With this procedure, the liquid nitrogen is applied using a medical tweezer. The procedure might require a local anesthetic if the skin tags are numerous or very large. In other cases, no numbing agent is required.

There are minimum risks associated with freezing skin tags on penis. In rare cases, there might be minimum risk of scarring for those with reoccurring skin tags. Before cutting the tags off, you could apply a topical numbing agent around the affected area.

After the procedure, the area may feel tender, ensure to keep it clean and sterile. In most people, it often takes not more than two weeks for the area to completely heal.

This depends on the size of the skin tag and the general health of the patient.

d) Surgical removal

Surgical removal of the tags has an advantage of removing the skin tag completely.  With surgical removal, there is often risk of minor bleeding.

You can also get rid of the skin tags by cutting them at home. To remove the tags:

  • Gently sterilize your hands and the affected area and let it dry off
  • Mae sure to sterilize the tools you are to use. You can do this by placing the tool in boiling water for some minutes
  • Remove the scissors or scalpel and rub with alcohol or methylated spirit.
  • Numb the affected are with by placing some ice cube or a cold compress
  • Now pull the tag from the skin cut it off. Be careful not to cut your skin
  • Place a cold ice cube to relieve the pain
  • You may also want to apply an ant-bacterial gel and cove the wound to prevent any infection

Get rid of skin tags at home

As mentioned, skin tags are harmless. These growths can easily be removed at home. You can easily get rid of skin tags at home by tying a thread or dental floss to the narrow stalk.

When the skin tags also occur on your neck, elbow or under armpits, other at home treatment option may include applying apple cider vinegar, nail polish, tea tree oil or duct tape. These home remedies can also be effective in getting rid of the growths.

Though the remedies can be effective, we do not recommend using them on the skin tags on your penis. This is because your penile skin is sensitive thus it can end up being very irritating. Some of these remedies may also be reactive to some people.

Don’t try to remove the skin tags without speaking to your healthcare provider. If the skin tags on penis are causing any problems, first consider making an appointment with your dermatologist. Proper diagnosis may be required to first establish what the growths are


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