You may not have ever had skin tags, but you probably know what they are. They can be considered unappealing and can get in the way of doing certain activities. Further, they can require special treatment if you want to avoid damaging them.
Skin tags are similar in appearance to moles and are generally harmless, except for those who worry about the aesthetic appearance of them. Moles, on the other hand, can contribute to cancer if they are removed in a dangerous manner.
Skin tags can be removed quite easily. All you need is a bit of freezing and you can cut them right off the skin. However, the best way to avoid having to do that is to just avoid getting skin tags in the first place. If you don’t want to develop some skin tags, then it’s probably a good idea to be aware of the conditions that can cause them to arise.
Cause #1: Human Papillomavirus
Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is one of the most common and widely spread STDs. It’s also the most common cause of skin tags. In fact, in a test performed on people suffering from HPV nearly 70% of them had skin tags as well.
HPV is not deadly but unfortunately it can be very difficult to detect. For this reason, many people go years without realizing they have the condition. One of the earliest indicators of HPV is the development of skin tags. For that reason, when you’re having a skin tag removed you should have it checked for HPV.