Some Lady Removes a Skin Tag

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FIRST-EVER GUEST POST AT I DO THINGS!

My policy on guest posts has always been a big selfish NO! because it’s my blog and get your own blog. But then this poor soul reached out to me and said, “Wise JD, your readers — and by extension, the world — need to know how to remove a skin tag.”

Well, guess what? I am never going to remove a skin tag in my life, so why not let “Some Lady” tell us how?

Enjoy!

Tag — You’re It!

OK, so you know how you’re on approach to the Big 5-0 and you keep getting zits?

You are stunned no one told you that you’d get them far past your teens, but you accept it. Zits are relatively easy to get rid of. A little time, a little stringent. You cope.

Besides, if you could pick anything from the family of gross skin disorders, zits win because there are far worse alternatives.

So you’re motorin’ along, dealing with your 40-something zits, but then along comes zit’s idiot brother who crashes parties and everyone hates because he’s an ugly drunk.

That brother is a skin tag. A gnarly, flip-flappy piece of skin that shows up uninvited and never leaves, even when you ask nicely and try to send it off with a six-pack.

I had a skin tag for a few weeks in a very unfortunate place. Right on the county line that runs between East Thigh-Butt and North Hooha.

That’s right. There.

I allow it to camp out undisturbed until one day the tag caught on my underwear and hurt like a mother. The time had come to kick it to the curb. I didn’t want to see a dermatologist because I wasn’t too keen on showing anyone where it was. Isn’t it enough you have to go to the gynecologist and show him all your junk under a flood light? One crotch visit a year is plenty, thank you.

So thus began my venture into Googleland for “how to remove a skin tag at home.”

Ready? Here are the choices:

  1. Each night, coat the skin tag with clear nail polish and let it dry. Apply a bandaid. In the morning, use nail polish remover to wipe off the polish and apply a new coat.
  2. Disinfect a pair of scissors or nail clippers and CUT IT OFF. You will bleed. A lot and forever.
  3. Tie a string, fishing line, or dental floss around the base of the tag and pull tight enough that it cuts off blood flow to the tag. It will balloon, dry up, turn black and fall off.
  4. Cover it with duct tape. Yes, duct tape, the staple of handyman toolkits and medical science alike.

The bleeding option was out and so were the bandaid and duct tape methods because I don’t want anything adhesive next to my goodies.

That left only the choke-to-death method.

And so I tie sewing thread in a little noose, hike my leg up on the bathroom sink, and bend over in a position suitable only for advanced yoga enthusiasts.

I pull up on my thigh, hold the string around the tag and pull tight. I miss, try again – pull tight – I miss, try again – pull tight – success!

I choke my skin tag for a few hours then take a shower, where my expertly tied noose is flung off. It is now stuck to the shower curtain, still tied and laughing at me. Amateur.

I make a new noose.

This time, I try sturdier dental floss, mint flavor. Waxed dental floss is sticky and doesn’t tie smoothly. But I try over and over until I sufficiently choke the tag and we all feel minty fresh.

Two days later, the noose falls off again in the shower.

Frack it all.

I think it’s never coming off and I’m going to have to bite the bullet and let a doctor have at it.

But then . . .

Today.

During a review of the situation, I discover that the noose must have worked well enough because now I have what looks like a mushroom growing down there.

A little stem with a dark bulbous cap on top.

I have murdered my skin tag.

I want to yank that sucker off, but I’m afraid of pain.

But afraider still of showing this thing to my gynecologist, who I have to see in a few days. What if it doesn’t fall off in time?

And so I hold my breath, squeeze my eyes shut and pull hard and fast.

The mushroom cap pops right off! I’m standing in the ladies room holding my dead skin tag, feeling triumphant and now finally free of zit’s idiot brother.

So there you have it. How to get rid of a skin tag while keeping absolutely none of your dignity.

You’re welcome.

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51 Responses to “Some Lady Removes a Skin Tag”

  1. 1 Dorn

    Thanks for lowering the selfish wall around the blog and giving this joyous experience a stage. When I comes to medical things, I’m less of a do it yourselfer. My gen. practitioner removed mine and it was crazy creepy the whole numbing, slicing, bleeding thing.
    .-= Dorn´s last blog ..Paris HiltonHot or Not =-.

  2. 2 Ron

    OMG….this post just caused me to realize something about my own skin tag (that was on the left-hand side of my waistline).

    It’s no longer there!!!

    I swear to god, I just felt for it and it’s gone!

    It must have just fell off on it’s own.

    Never even noticed!

    Great post!
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..Pork Chops a la Easy-Off =-.

  3. 3 Kelly

    I have several of Zit’s idiot brothers on my neck. Oh, how I hate them. I don’t have any nail polish, so that option is out. People already know I’m crazy, so walking around with duct tape all over my neck would barely draw a comment. I could pass it off as a reaction to my new fascination with True Blood… duct tape keeps vampires away, doesn’t it? My GP offered to remove them… for a fee… but mentioned that they’d just grow back. Well, perhaps not the ones she proposed to vanquish, but others. So what’s the point?

    I even have purple duct tape… I’ll be making a fashion statement as well as getting rid of the damn tags. If, indeed, duct tape gets rid of the tags.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Architecture II =-.

  4. 4 Barb @WillThink4Wine

    I had one on my neck back in the day when I had long hair. My hair twisted around in one night. Of course I, thinking it was a mole that had changed appearance, rushed to the dermatologist. He then explained it was a skin tag in its death throws from having its blood supply cut off. Then he snipped it off. Now, that means it has to be sent off to pathology. I forget exactly what that cost me but it was something like $500.

    Your guest post was too late to save me $500, but maybe it will save someone else!
    .-= Barb @WillThink4Wine´s last blog ..Iz live or iz Whitey Time =-.

  5. 5 Stephanie Barr

    Wow! Scary! I’m hoping, if I get these, they’ll only be on places I can’t see anyway so I don’ t have to know about them.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..More on Greatness =-.

  6. 6 Anne

    I have to admit, that post gave me the heebie jeebies. I don’t think I could do it to myself. You are much braver than I.

  7. 7 babs - beetle

    My sister tied a few of hers off, then one of them turned septic and she had to go to the docs with it. I don’t think she does it any more.

    I had a small one under my boob. It was itchy one day and the next day it was gone. All on it’s own. Sadly I have a few more, but I won’t be trying any do-it-yourself methods. I’m a coward.

    JD, Where, may I ask, is my guest post? ;)
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Going for a paddle =-.

  8. 8 puglette

    skin tags…they have been a reccent topic of discussion in my house. hubby went to a doctor to have one removed and the resulting visit ended with many of the little buggers getting removed. however, hubby’s doctor had a different method of removal. apparently his doctor preferred the “dip tweezers into freezing liquid and pinch skin tag hard” this is supposed to result in the tag dying and falling off. but poor hubby had a doctor’s assistant with poor aim do this. he has had sore, irritated, stingy spots in some areas that do not do well being irritated.

    i have many myself but have not wanted to see a doctor about them yet. and after seeing what hubby went through…well…the do it yourself, noose method, is sounding mighty attractive!

    oh…and the one he went to have removed? it hasn’t fallen off yet, i think they missed it.

    i had to disturb my wonderful hubby while he was under a truck chaining it to his overly large flatbed trailer to request permission to discuss his skin tags. he did offer to take some photos and send them to me, but i declined as he was so busy. ;o)
    hugs,
    puglette
    :)
    .-= puglette´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Charlie! =-.

  9. 9 Jenn of Many Cabbages

    I Do Things is really a how-to for our lives. It’s that kind of public service. So now, going forward, should I develop one of these skintags, I know what kind of dental floss to buy, and I know not to freak out over mushrooms.

    It is all about the learning here.

    Also, the gagging.

    But learning.
    .-= Jenn of Many Cabbages´s last blog ..Kooky Clems Oddity Attic =-.

  10. 10 Lola

    I don’t think that I would try removing one myself with any of these methods. I have a small one on my neck that I had a dermatologist look at years ago. I’d be too afraid that in place of the skin tag I’d have an even bigger scar.
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Book Review AND GIVEAWAY – The Berry Bible- By Janie Hibler =-.

  11. 11 JD

    “Some Lady” says . . .

    @Dorn — In my research, it seems people said the worst part of having a GP do it was the stick from the anesthesia. I’m impressed you let a doctor do it. I had far too much embarrassment to even consider it. JD says: Dorn, you’re welcome. Based on the thousands of people out there who have skin tags, I obviously made the right decision.

    @Ron — You are one of the lucky few, then. I read that usually once you find one, it’s yours for life unless you take steps to get rid of it. I once had a wart spontaneously disappear (on my foot), though. Weird how that happens!

    @Kelly — I’d dare you to walk around with little squares of duct tape on your neck. My boss used to have them on her neck, too, but she recently had them removed. I wouldn’t dare ask her how she did it. I’m guessing she wouldn’t even want to talk about it. I figure now I’ll get more as I age. They say it’s common and one can expect more. Oh, the joy. JD says: Kelly, we’re gonna need some photos.

    @ Barb — So you accidentally choked it? Awesome. I’ve read that it’s expensive to have a doctor do it because it’s considered a cosmetic, not medical, treatment. Too bad. I bet a lot more people would have them removed if insurance would cover the procedure. Now that I’ve killed one, any others that show up better look out.

    @Stephanie Barr — Mine was just in a god-awful place, I had to do something about it. If it was on my back, I probably wouldn’t care, but if it was right where my bra straps lay, then I’d have to kill it. They hurt if something constantly rubs against it, like my underwear started doing.

    @ Anne — Doing what I did gave me the heebie jeebies! You could do it if you found one where mine was. You’d find bravery pretty quick!

    @ babs – beetle — Ooo, sorry to hear about your sister’s experience. Not good. I’m glad you got lucky with your boob one. I didn’t know they could just fall off on their own. I wonder if it was the constant rubbing from your bra that did it? JD says: Babs, I swear, I haven’t forgotten. I’m thinking of an “art” project. Very soon.

    @ puglette — I love that you stopped to ask your husband if you could talk about his tags. So thoughtful, you are. It was/is such an embarrassing thing for me, I wouldn’t want anyone talking about mine. But I wanted to get the word out about how I successfully removed it, so maybe it could benefit others. I know JD sometimes writes about medical things she undergoes and thought this might be a good place to offer up my solution. I think maybe your husband just had a bad experience. Try the string method on yours. It can’t hurt and it just might help.

    @ Jenn of Many Cabbages — It is! And I’m thankful that JD posted this for me. Buy regular dental floss! It’ll tie easier. Hey, I wanted to gag, too, every time I looked at my stupid little mushroom. So gross! JD says: Jenn, thank you for your accurate assessment of I Do Things. Learning and gagging. You really can’t have one without the other.

  12. 12 Surfie

    I have a skin tag on the edge of my underarm, towards the back. I accidentally slash it with my razoe when shaving at least once or twice a year. It has fallen off a few times but one always returns.

    I wonder what causes these things? JD, maybe you can work your I Do Things magic and find a way for us to prevent them!
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..A Chocolate Named Eternity =-.

  13. 13 Lorisay

    I’ve heard of the strangulation method of removal, but never tried it. I’ve had them come off by friction- my bra strap has done the job more than once. I’ve also just grabbed the tweezers and yanked them off (it only hurts for a few minutes!)
    Are you sure numbers 1 & 4 aren’t wart remedies?

  14. 14 Rene Foran

    Would you be my skin tag Kevorkian?
    Not for me, for a friend…

    Rene
    .-= Rene Foran´s last blog ..Little Guest Room In The Suburbs =-.

  15. 15 LJ

    NObody, and I mean NOBODY warned me about skin tags. I’m sick of them. There are a few good products coming out on the market know, but those knarly skin tags are just staying low enough (albeit prolific) to know be able to be caught by thread. That said, I did inadvertently twist one off this summer. I did a little happy dance – right after I staunched the bleeding.

    Thanks for the nail polish and remover trick. I’ll have to give that one a try.
    .-= LJ´s last blog ..Fun At Work =-.

  16. 16 Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Holeeee crap, Some Lady. I about barfed reading the options and can’t believe you were successful. I’ve only heard horror stories so I was very very scared for you.

    Congratulations and I wonder how the male readers feel about this.
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..White Shirts and Steak Squirts and Schnitzel with Noodles =-.

  17. 17 cardiogirl

    (adjusts her dark sunglasses and tests her voice simulator)

    Uh, hello there. Since we’re talkin’ tags, I thought I’d share my experience. I have experience with effing skin tags and I hate them. However, I was really depressed when I discovered one UNDER MY RIGHT EYE.

    Like in that crease where the bags and dark circles live. I have hated that thing for a while and then one day it was a tiny bit loose. So I twisted that fucker every day for a week. And then finally, one night around 3 am, when I used the bathroom, I turned on the light and decided I was going mano y mano with that thing.

    I twisted, twisted, twisted, started to feel nauseated, twisted some more and it was gone. With some blood left behind.

    Now that I am free I am terrified of touching the space under that eye lest rubbing it once creates a new skin tag.

    Thanks for letting me vent.
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..How do you get your teeth so white and other odd questions =-.

  18. 18 babs - beetle

    Yes, I do believe that was what happened. It was just where the base of the bra sat, which was quite handy for me.
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Going for a paddle =-.

  19. 19 Kelly

    Interestingly, I mentioned to my boss this afternoon that I was thinking of walking around with duct tape on my neck to get rid of the skin tags. She said, “Go for it! And let me know if it works.”

    My boss is awesome.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Architecture II =-.

  20. 20 Florida Girl in Sydney

    I normally hate having to read someone’s lameass guest post– but wow, you really wow wowed me today. wow. That was quite a story. She really is Some Lady. I hope her hoo-ha has healed up nicely.
    .-= Florida Girl in Sydney´s last blog ..Winter Festival at Bondi Beach &amp Good Food and Wine Show =-.

  21. 21 Daisy the Curly Cat

    Ouchies! Maybe, if you get enough of them, you can round them all up and have a tag sale.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Harley Goes Swimmin =-.

  22. 22 Susan @ Sassafrassery

    Holy crap! I am totally doing that to 2 that popped up during pregnancy. WHOO HOOO! (who knew anyone could be so happy about gross skin tag removal?)
    .-= Susan @ Sassafrassery´s last blog ..Finally YAY for Prop 8! =-.

  23. 23 Dennis Tielmann

    Great post. I hope I can also remove my skin tag. But, I think it hurts that is why I should get some friend to remove mine.

    Ironkey

  24. 24 Heidi Mathat

    That was hilarious. I just wonder one thing? Can I do this to my husband without his noticing? He has many skin tags all over the place and I would love for them all to be gone. Of course, I love him no matter what and will take no for the obvious answer.

  25. 25 Kathleen Kaufman

    Oh dear, I ‘m pretty sure you’re a mind reader. We had this drama going on in hour house last week. The Husband came to me in a panic because his itty bitty skin tag (which was housed in a delicate place…) had turned black and he was convinced he had skin cancer. So like any good American with crappy insurance, we didn’t call the doctor, we hit webMD for a little co-payment free diagnosis….we found skin tags.

    He wouldn’t let me slice it off….go figure, he won’t even let me cut his hair (which by the way makes no sense, how bad a hair cutter could I possibly be?)

    Then he freaked out again one morning because the skin tag was just ‘gone’.

    So now there’s a dead skin tag somewhere in my house, I just hope the cat didn’t eat it. That wouldn’t exactly be cannibalism but close enough to make me think twice about letting them sleep on the bed.

    There ya go, that’s my skin tag story.
    .-= Kathleen Kaufman´s last blog ..The Pessimists’ Cookbook- Misadventures in Gastronomica =-.

  26. 26 absepa

    Eeek. I was totally unfamiliar with the whole skin tag concept–now I’m going to be paranoid about getting one! I have a good dermatologist for my many other skin issues, but, like “Some Lady,” I would NOT want anyone to see a tag in a delicate spot. I had a tick on my lower abdomen once, and it freaked me straight out.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..Please pardon this interruption =-.

  27. 27 CatLadyLarew

    I have both zits and skin tags as I edge my way from 50 to 60. No fair! The kiddies at school used to love playing the the skin tags on the bend in my elbow and were sad when I had them removed. But good news for them… the dermatologist says I’ll probably get more. Crap!
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..The Secret Garden- A Magpie Tale =-.

  28. 28 CatLadyLarew

    Make that “…playing WITH the skin tags…” I don’t think they make any noise when you play them.
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..The Secret Garden- A Magpie Tale =-.

  29. 29 JD

    “Some Lady” says:

    @ Lola — My feeling is that you’re not using a chemical on it, so scarring would be minimal. If anything you wouldn’t get it all. But I swear by Vitamin E to prevent scarring. There is no risk in using that either. I had a wart burned off when I was a child and that left somewhat of a scar (not visible, just bumpy in that area), so to me, the string method was the least intrusive and had the least scarring risk.

    @ Surfie — I read that there is no harm in nicking it with a razor while shaving (obviously, if one of the suggestions is to cut it off!) But I’m sure it’s painful for you. I had the same problem “down there” with shaving. JD linked to a very helpful skin tag article. They can occur as a result of heredity, being overweight, pregnancy or if you have large breasts. JD says: Surfie, I’m afraid my involvement with skin tags begins and ends with this helpful guest post. The subject grossed me out to the point of near-death.

    @ Lorisay — I can see friction causing them to come off. But if the friction causes pain, like in my case, it might be better to get rid of the whole thing at once. Yes, 1 and 4 can also remove warts. I actually got rid of one by putting Vitamin E on a bandaid and covering it nightly. Took less than two weeks to disappear. Incidentally, it’s not the vitamin E that removes it. It’s the fact that you are depriving it of air. It dries up and the “E” is what keeps you from scarring.

    @ Rene Foran — You know, I could do it to myself, but I don’t know if I could do it for someone else. And if I ever get another one in a place I can’t reach, I’m afraid my husband wouldn’t be able to help me. He’s a very squeamish person. He can’t even watch me take my contact lenses out because he thinks “touching my eyeball” is gross.

    @ LJ — Nope, nobody warned me either. It’s like the whole zit thing. Nobody tells you you’ll still get them in your 40s and 50s. I was at first interested in the nail polish method, but to me, that was too much of a “chemical” to be that close to my goodie area and a bandaid would hardly stay on down there. The minute I started walking, it’d probably come right off.

    @ Margaret (Nanny Goats) — I just about barfed, too. It sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? For the record, men can get them in a very bad place too. Now THAT makes me cringe!

    @ cardiogirl — Your comment cracked me up! I can’t imagine having one near my eye or anywhere on my face, for that matter. I had a wart on my forehead once and I obsessed every day until it went away (with just vitamin E and a bandaid). I would have freaked out if mine had oozed any blood. It didn’t. Oh, I’m going to faint thinking about all that twisting you had to do. Way to go, though. You can’t fight a girl on a mission.

    @ babs beetle — I read somewhere that tags can grow under breasts, especially if you wear underwire bras. So far, I’ve been spared.

    @ Kelly — Your boss certainly is! I suppose if you don’t have to face clients or the general public, then what’s the harm? If you don’t care, why should anyone else?

    @ Florida Girl in Sydney — I’m glad you stuck it out for this guest post! I really did want my story “out there” in case it can help anyone else. These are the sorts of things no one tells you about and frankly, without Google, I’d probably still have the thing. I’d have had to show it to a doctor and pay hundreds of dollars to have them remove it. Halleluia for finding a method that was free and mostly painless. My hoo-ha is happy now, thank you. JD says: Florida Girl, my standards for guest posts are so high that only the grossest ones are likely to even be considered. I’m happy you liked this one.

    @ Daisy the Curly Cat — Oh, you’re a funny cat! I’ve never met a cat before who could tell jokes.

    @ Susan at Sassafrassery — Oh, Susan. I know that feeling of utter joy! I’m rooting for you to get rid of those bad boys. Just make sure you tie as close to the base of them as you can and more importantly, tie the string tight enough (so it pinches pretty hard). That way, you’re sure to really cut off the blood supply. Good luck!

    @ Dennis Tielmann — Be brave, Dennis! When you tie it off, it will pinch a little. Don’t wear tight clothing over it if you can avoid it, and in a few days, you too will get a mushroom and it’ll fall right off!

    @ Heidi Mathat — No, you can not do it unnoticed, but you CAN show him this story and give him hope and confidence that he can be skin tag free in almost no time at all! Ask him!

    @ Kathleen Kaufman — Oh, yeah. Everyone thinks it’s skin cancer at first. But if it’s the same color as your skin when it starts, it’s very likely not. I’m sure he’s relieved now that it fell off, but yeah, it’s somewhere in your house. That’s hysterical. Oh, I’m sure you already vacuumed it up. Sure. Yeah, sure.

    @ Lola — My feeling is that you’re not using a chemical on it, so scarring would be minimal. If anything you wouldn’t get it all. But I swear by Vitamin E to prevent scarring. There is no risk in using that either. I had a wart burned off when I was a child and that left somewhat of a scar (not visible, just bumpy in that area), so to me, the string method was the least intrusive and had the least scarring risk.

    @ Surfie — I read that there is no harm in nicking it with a razor while shaving (obviously, if one of the suggestions is to cut it off!) But I’m sure it’s painful for you. I had the same problem “down there” with shaving. JD linked to a very helpful skin tag article. They can occur as a result of heredity, being overweight, pregnancy or if you have large breasts.

    @ Lorisay — I can see friction causing them to come off. But if the friction causes pain, like in my case, it might be better to get rid of the whole thing at once. Yes, 1 and 4 can also remove warts. I actually got rid of one by putting Vitamin E on a bandaid and covering it nightly. Took less than two weeks to disappear. Incidentally, it’s not the vitamin E that removes it. It’s the fact that you are depriving it of air. It dries up and the “E” is what keeps you from scarring.

    @ Rene Foran — You know, I could do it to myself, but I don’t know if I could do it for someone else. And if I ever get another one in a place I can’t reach, I’m afraid my husband wouldn’t be able to help me. He’s a very squeamish person. He can’t even watch me take my contact lenses out because he thinks “touching my eyeball” is gross.

    @ LJ — Nope, nobody warned me either. It’s like the whole zit thing. Nobody tells you you’ll still get them in your 40s and 50s. I was at first interested in the nail polish method, but to me, that was too much of a “chemical” to be that close to my goodie area and a bandaid would hardly stay on down there. The minute I started walking, it’d probably come right off.

    @ Margaret (Nanny Goats) — I just about barfed, too. It sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? For the record, men can get them in a very bad place too. Now THAT makes me cringe!

    @ cardiogirl — Your comment cracked me up! I can’t imagine having one near my eye or anywhere on my face, for that matter. I had a wart on my forehead once and I obsessed every day until it went away (with just vitamin E and a bandaid). I would have freaked out if mine had oozed any blood. It didn’t. Oh, I’m going to faint thinking about all that twisting you had to do. Way to go, though. You can’t fight a girl on a mission.

    @ babs beetle — I read somewhere that tags can grow under breasts, especially if you wear underwire bras. So far, I’ve been spared.

    @ Kelly — Your boss certainly is! I suppose if you don’t have to face clients or the general public, then what’s the harm? If you don’t care, why should anyone else?

    @ Florida Girl in Sydney — I’m glad you stuck it out for this guest post! I really did want my story “out there” in case it can help anyone else. These are the sorts of things no one tells you about and frankly, without Google, I’d probably still have the thing. I’d have had to show it to a doctor and pay hundreds of dollars to have them remove it. Halleluia for finding a method that was free and mostly painless. My hoo-ha is happy now, thank you.

    @ Daisy the Curly Cat — Oh, you’re a funny cat! I’ve never met a cat before who could tell jokes.

    @ Susan at Sassafrassery — Oh, Susan. I know that feeling of utter joy! I’m rooting for you to get rid of those bad boys. Just make sure you tie as close to the base of them as you can and more importantly, tie the string tight enough (so it pinches pretty hard). That way, you’re sure to really cut off the blood supply. Good luck!

    @ Dennis Tielmann — Be brave, Dennis! When you tie it off, it will pinch a little. Don’t wear tight clothing over it if you can avoid it, and in a few days, you too will get a mushroom and it’ll fall right off!

    @ Heidi Mathat — No, you can not do it unnoticed, but you CAN show him this story and give him hope and confidence that he can be skin tag free in almost no time at all! Ask him!

    @ Kathleen Kaufman — Oh, yeah. Everyone thinks it’s skin cancer at first. But if it’s the same color as your skin when it starts, it’s very likely not. I’m sure he’s relieved now that it fell off, but yeah, it’s somewhere in your house. That’s hysterical. Oh, I’m sure you already vacuumed it up. Sure. Yeah, sure.

  30. 30 Jen

    I would have never thought of going Google on a skin tag. But, if I had the duct tape one would have been the chosen method. I’ve had several bits and pieces of me removed from my dermatologist, and in that very spot. I figure he’s a doctor, he’s seen naked people, probably dead naked people but what’s the big dif?

    Love the guest post!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Rethinking Motherhood =-.

  31. 31 Pricilla

    I am glad I read this on quasi-empty stomachs. That way I did not have too much cud to barf out.
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..AbbyDay- I Show You the Best Places to Eat on the Farm =-.

  32. 32 dcr
  33. 33 Lauren

    Hilarious post. I hope I never get a skin tag because I’m sick of bleeding. They also don’t tell you about that after-fifty inconvenience. Bleed less is what I thought. But no! Another periodic BP disaster. By the way, I thought you couldn’t remove tags under penalty of death.

    Found this interesting historic fact from Wiki, so it must be a fact, about the origin of the “Do Not Remove” tag:

    Though normally associated today with modern consumer goods, the phrase “Do Not Remove” actually dates back to 1183 A.D., when England’s King Henry II placed his French agent provocateur wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, in a monastery for safekeeping. To ensure the impossibility of her escape, Henry affixed a “Do Not Remove” tag to her, using an early 12-century precursor of the staple gun, then known as a stappelgunne. So famous was this incident that it was reenacted by Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole in the 1968 film, The Lion in Winter.

    http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Do_Not_Remove

    Is this really true?
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..The Tribe has Spoken – Tribal Blogs – The Better Way to Blog! =-.

  34. 34 Ron-Yves

    …obviously just hearsay at this juncture—but my friend’s buddy’s landord’s source tells us that Rush Limbaugh’s diet includes a hearty amount of dishes that include skin-tags…

    Bon apetite!

    -s

  35. 35 Kathleen Kaufman

    The Husband just pointed out to me another of his skin tags…this one on his arm. So potentially we could have two lost skin tags on my floor….
    .-= Kathleen Kaufman´s last blog ..Down With The First Amendment- And Dr Laura =-.

  36. 36 Patricia (Ow.)

    Some Lady:

    I’m glad it worked out–especially with little (mucho dinero) professional work involved. I’m a relative young’un, but know that my number will come up soon enough. I know my mother gets them, and, being the badass that she is, she removes them in the following way:

    1. Shotglass full of booze of choice
    2. Rub some anebesol (the toothache stuff) on the skin tag facing capital punishment.
    3. Take super sharp embroidery scissors
    4. Cut the thing off as daughter watches through her fingers like it’s a horror movie.

    Oh, and there’s the option of repeating step one ad nauseum.

    Fun Fact: The active ingredient in anebesol is the same that’s used as the uh…’desensitizing agent’ in condoms for men who have an issue with…er…’cutting things off’ too early. I love that ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ when Larry puts the condom on inside out and his poor wife walks around with a numb…

  37. 37 Will

    Depending on where it is, this may work. I have had only one of these and it was on my neck. So I used the freezing compound intended for warts. 3 applications and it dropped right off.

  38. 38 JD

    “Some Lady” says:

    @ absepa — Don’t be paranoid! Just have your sewing kit ready! A tick?! See, now THAT would freak me out more than a skin tag. I don’t even want to know how you removed it. Did it involve either burning or sharp instruments or both? Oh, nevermind. Forget I asked.

    @ CatLadyLarew — Well, I guess I’m glad someone got enjoyment out of them. Yeah, sad to say, we’re going to get more. But now I’ll be ready!

    @ Jen — Oh, hell, I go to Google for everything. Computer troubleshooting and medical advice. It’s all the same to me. I know what you mean that we shouldn’t care about a doctor seeing it. But I felt like he might say something like “I’ve been practicing medicine for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything so disgusting in my life and certainly not there.”

    @ Pricilla — Well, I know it’s bad if I’d make a goat barf. Sorry.

    @ dcr — It is. And sorry about the description of the string method, but I wanted everyone to be warned so they’d know that the mushroom part of the program is normal.

    @ Lauren — My sister’s in her late-50s and she’s constantly telling me what I have to look forward to on the way to 60. Please, someone, get me off this ride. I don’t want to see what’s next. You gotta be kidding about the “Do Not Remove” thing. What. the. hell?

    @ Ron Yves — Er. What? I think your friend’s buddy’s landlord is mental. Or just hates Rush that much.

    @ Kathleen Kaufman — OMG. I know they say our homes are full of pounds of dead skin that falls off us every day, but now I’m just totally grossed out that you have skin tags in the mix. Please. Go vacuum.

    @ Patricia — Damn. Your mom is one badass. I am duly impressed. The blood! Oh, the blood! {faints} I loved your Fun Fact. Although, what the hell!

    @ Will — I am afraid to use anything like Compound W because I read the label and some stuff on The Google. They say try not to get it on anything but the wart itself so you don’t mess up your good skin. The wart I had last year was on my forehead and I was afraid of potential scarring. So I used Vitamin E on a bandaid overnight. It dried up and fell off in less than 10 days.

  39. 39 kathryn

    …and here I’m thinking this post is going to be about how to remove the imprint of a clothing tag from your skin.

    …and I’m thinking, “Well, skin tags aren’t so bad, if you like the guy whose name is on the tag…it’s like a tattoo.”

    Then I read the post and learned the truth.

    Skin tag nooses….do you think there’s a market for these??
    .-= kathryn´s last blog ..Down for Maintenance =-.

  40. 40 JD

    kathryn: Yes. The truth can be hard to accept, much less read about in gory detail. I’m sorry you were misled. But it’s all “Some Lady’s” fault.

  41. 41 Penny

    Female doctor and liquid nitrogen — 2 of my favorite friends.
    .-= Penny´s last blog ..Tooth fairy substitute =-.

  42. 42 finallygettingtoeven.com

    Ow…You are a brave sole and I am not sure I could do it but I too have done some pretty freaky things with warts so perhaps ‘when’ I start getting mine I might be partaking in the same strange home surgical techniques myself. I am glad it worked for you!
    .-= finallygettingtoeven.com´s last blog ..Today in history- Aug 16th =-.

  43. 43 meleah rebeccah

    Oh! My! God! If I ever get a skin tag, I think I’ll just let my dermatologist remove it for me!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..My Nephew Bowls The Epic Movie Edition =-.

  44. 44 v

    is that what that thing is called. i always referred to it as:

    oooh yuck! and what the h*ll.

    my bad. now i can call that mofo by name.

    thanks for your public service announcement.

  45. 45 Jenny Beans

    Skin tags are so evil. Believe it or not, cutting them off with sterilized clippers that have NEVER been used for anything else works wonders. They do bleed a lot that way though. Stupid skin tags. Who do they think they are?

  46. 46 Katherine

    Oh Oh I have one… ! I had one and used wart remover!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Climbing Mountains and Eating Crickets =-.

  47. 47 JD

    v: I like your name better, actually. “Skin tag” sounds so innocuous. It really deserves more “yuck” and also “mofo.”

    Jenny Beans: Who, indeed?! I have a fairly cute skin tag, tho it bugs me, because it’s on my otherwise unblemished thigh. I think it’ll have to stay where it is, because I don’t like making myself bleed.

    Katherine: Yikes! So wart remover works? I remember that stuff really stinging. Yes, I used to have warts. Nothing worked, and one day, they all went away on their own.

  48. 48 Liz

    I am 34 and just got about 10 skin tags removed from my neck and my eye area (underneath the eye toward top of jawbone). I went to a Laser Spa and had it all done in 1 shot because I was too chicken to do it myself. I was told skin tags occur due to heredity, type 2 diabetes and overweight people. I am overweight and I think thats why I got them and now I had even more that I removed a few years ago (it required surgery by my gyno because there were about 4 big ones that were located right where I pee and there was no way I was going to just let novocaine fix that problem!)

    I hope these skin tags fall off w.in the next 5 days. They are turning black right now and my neck looks like I took a Black marker and just dotted myself like a coloring book…

  49. 49 Rachele

    Very, very brave this “some lady” is. Posting it on FB? Even braver. I developed one while pregnant with my second child in about the same place as “some lady”. Doc was nice enough to cut it off while sewing me back together. At least I know what to do if it comes back. I may need to start some yoga classes though.
    .-= Rachele´s last blog ..Vacation Food =-.

  50. 50 Some Lady

    @ Liz — I’m glad you had them removed. I wouldn’t have the patience or fortitude to deal with ten at a time. Yeah, I wouldn’t let novocaine anywhere near my goodies either. Needles and privates? No thanks. I don’t think you’ll have to wait as long as five days. Mine was ready to come off after only a few. Easy peasy! I’m thrilled for you. You’re going to be so happy when you’re rid of them and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

    @ Rachele – Well, I didn’t want to post it on my own blog because my parents read it (and aren’t on Facebook) and I didn’t want my Dad asking my Mom what a “hooha” was. Nice you could have yours taken care of while you were in for something else. Kill two birds with one stone!
    .-= Some Lady´s last blog ..The Stinky Weight Loss Plan =-.

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