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When are Skin Tags and Cysts Cause for Concern?

The bad news? Wrinkles and sagging skin aren’t the only signs of aging. As you get older, it’s common to develop unsightly skin growths, like Skin Tag or cysts. The good news? These signs of aging on your skin are easier to get rid of than wrinkles and sagging skin!

But skin tags and cysts aren’t always a cosmetic issue. Sometimes skin growth can indicate a more serious health issue. Though skin tags and cysts are usually harmless, it’s important to discuss them with your dermatologist during your annual skin check.

At SkinMD we’re committed to helping men and women in the Greater Chicago area better understand the bumps and tags on their skin. Our experienced skincare experts evaluate your symptoms and offer a full line of medical and cosmetic services to ensure the healthy appearance and wellbeing of your skin.

To help you understand when skin tags and cysts might be a cause for concern, read on!

Whats a skin tag?

A skin tag is a fleshy growth that typically forms where your skin rubs. The most common places for skin tags to form include your eyelids, armpits, neck creases, and groin.

Skin tags can happen at any age, but they’re more common beginning in middle age. They’re so common, in fact, that scientists estimate about half the population gets skin tags.

Although skin tags are generally harmless, they aren’t attractive. And depending on the location, they can interfere with your vision and clothing.

What is a cyst?

A cyst is a small bump that develops under your skin. These unsightly bumps are usually made of a protein called keratin. Cysts are usually benign, but it’s possible for them to become inflamed or infected.

If you have a new bump or growth on your skin, it’s important to have your doctor at SkinMD evaluate it. This helps rule out more harmful causes of bumps under the skin.

When should I worry about skin tags and cysts?

Most of the time, skin tags and cysts aren’t a reason for concern. Most people are bothered more by the unsightly appearance of these bumps and tags.

If the appearance doesn’t both you and they aren’t painful or interfering with regular activities, such as catching on clothes or interrupting your vision, you don’t have to do anything other than mention them at your annual skin check.

If your skin tag or cyst is painful or bleeding, or if it looks like it might be infected, it’s important to schedule an exam with us as soon as possible. Our board-certified dermatologists evaluate your skin and can rule out more serious health concerns, such as tumors.

How are skin tags and cysts treated?

Your provider at SkinMD first conducts a physical exam to determine the cause of your skin issue. Depending on the results of your exam, your provider recommends a treatment plan and discusses different options.

Skin tags, for example, are usually treated by freezing, snipping, or surgically removing the ones that interfere with your daily life. Cysts may require a procedure to drain them or surgical excision for total Skin Tag Removal. If a cyst is infected, you might need to take an antibiotic.

Ready to say goodbye to skin tags and cysts?

If you’re dealing with a skin tag or cyst, it’s important to have it evaluated by a trained skincare specialist. SkinMD is here to help. Our full-service dermatology practice has four convenient locations in Chicago, Orland Park, Skokie, and Evergreen Park, Illinois. With SkinMD, exceptional skincare is never far away.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to skin tags and cysts, schedule an appointment with a member of our care team. Contact the SkinMD office most convenient to you, or request an appointment online now!

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