Dealing With Skin Tag on Scrotum

Q: My 28 year old son told me today that he has a small lump on his scrotum. He described it as looking and feeling like a skin tag. He also said it was around the size of a grain of rice. Do you know what it might be?
– By Fitz

Reply:

It may be a skin tag. Recognize it by the presence of the following characteristics-

Features of Skin Tags

  • Skin colored growths hanging out from the skin of the scrotum
  • Not fleshy in feel
  • Painless to touch or squeeze
  • Absolutely symptomless

Though skin tag can occur any where in the body, common places of occurrences are armpits and groins.

Causes

They are caused due to excessive growth of skin cells of the area. Why this happens is not known, though some health problems like obesity and diabetes are linked with it.

The growth is not cancerous. It is benign in nature.

Skin tag usually give no symptom, so they may be left as such.

However, in certain situations, one may consider its removal. They are:

  • If they are at places where they may get pulled or irritated by wearing undergarments or love-making. Pulling or irritating them may cause pain and even bleeding, as skin tags are vascular.
  • Some people remove it for cosmetic reasons.

Do not try to cut them or remove them at home. This may lead to infection.

Removal of Skin Tags

Surgical excision is the commonest way to remove them.

You need to go to a doctor for this. He will use a clean sterilized blade or scissor to cut it from its stalk. This excision is done under local anesthesia and complete asepsis.

Other methods include:

  • Cryotherapy, where the tags are frozen off by liquid nitrogen. Laser treatment
  • Electrocautery- Here, they are burnt by electric current.

If your skin tag gives you any discomfort, it is suggested that you go to a doctor and get it excised.

Signs to Watch

Also go to the doctor if the tag like thing shows any of the following sign:

  • It ulcerates
  • Grows in size
  • Becomes painful
  • Bleeds on its own
  • Become attached to skin beneath it

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Management of Skin Tag on the Scrotal Skin

  1. eddy

    Please doctor, I have lots of skin tag on one side of testes resting on my tile. So I am confused and don’t know what to do to get them removed as they irritates me each time I look at it. Please advice me on what to do!

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may visit a cosmetic surgeon and discuss about their removal. It can be done painlessly and comfortably.

      Never try to remove them on your own at home. Some tags may be bleed from inside.

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  2. Eddyno

    How do I get rid of the skin tags under my scrotum? They are much on one side of it and I have tried several injection to see if they can be cleared, but they are still there. Please advice me on what to do, please.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You need to see a cosmetologist for this problem.

      Do not try to remove the tags at home. If you do so, they may reappear. They can be permanently removed by cryotherapy or electrocautery.

      Read above in details.

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