Vaginal Skin Tags
It is very rare to have a skin tag in the vaginal area. If you have any growth looking like a skin tag, you need to differentiate it from other similar lesions like a wart.
What Do Skin Tag Look Like and What Causes Them?
Skin tags are smooth pendular growths arising from the skin. They are small, painless, symptomless and attached to the surface via a small stalk. The growth is always skin colored.
Skin tags occur in parts of the body that are dry and experience a lot of friction throughout the day. Constant rubbing of two skin surfaces against each other is likely to give such growth.
Commonly, they are found in underarm area, groin region, neck, perineum (space between the vaginal and the anal opening) or under the breast.
Since the vaginal area is quite moist, they are unlikely to be found there. However, constant rubbing of undergarments with the labia may sometimes cause them.
What to Do If You Notice a Skin Tag in the Vaginal Area?
A skin tag in this area needs to be differentiated from other growths commoner in the region.
Wart Vs Skin Tag
A wart has a rough and irregular surface, whereas a skin tag is a smooth and pendular growth. Skin tags are always symptomless, unless pulled or traumatized. Warts may be without symptoms or itchy.
Warts are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). So, if you see a tag like lesion in your genitals, it is desirable to go for a biopsy.
Constant rubbing of labia against each other while walking or due to tight clothes may give rise to polyp shaped growths there. These resemble tags in their appearance.
A woman may notice more of skin tags during her pregnancy. During this phase, she may see them over the genital area also.
Vaginal Skin Tag Removal
First get your tag diagnosed, you need to be sure if it is a simple tag or a wart.
Tags need no treatment unless they bother you. Sometimes a tag would bleed/ pain on being pulled while changing clothes or during intercourse.
In such cases, you may go to your gyne for tag removal. Doctor usually cut them off or freeze them. The procedure is simple and painless. It takes just a few minutes.