Removal of Skin Tags and Warts

shutterstock_283917497Skin tags and warts are normally harmless growths, but when they are found in the colon, removal is the best option for treatment. Skin tags and warts are common occurrences that can become present almost anywhere on the body. You are probably familiar with them being on your skin or face, but you are probably unaware that they can also grow in the colon and anal cavity. Warts have the potential to be harmful, especially left untreated in the colon. Skin tags are small fleshy growths that don’t necessarily cause any symptoms or pain, but they can grow to the point where they will be seen through the anus. Through diagnostic tests, doctors will diagnose these things. Depending on the size and location; the best removal method will be chosen.   

Warts

The human papilloma virus causes warts. You typically only hear about this virus when talking about sexually transmitted diseases, but this virus can be transmitted through touch. Warts are common among humans. They grow on the hands, feet, and other areas of the body. When warts are found in the genitalia, they have the potential to do damage. Anal warts, also known as condyloma, grow in the lower part of the rectum and sometimes grow on the skin around the anal opening. Anal warts are most often transmitted through anal sex. They can also be spread by contact with an area of your body that a wart is growing.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are flaps of skin that too can grow anywhere on the body. In the anal cavity, they may be mistaken for hemorrhoids. Anal skin tags are very common and in most cases are a result of other anal problems. Skin tags can be a result of inflammatory problems, hemorrhoids, or anal injuries. Fistulas and fissures in the anal cavity may also lead to the formation of a skin tag. Skin tags are relatively harmless. The harmful part is the cause of the skin tag. Due to these different causes, you may have several skin tags throughout the anus.

Symptoms

Warts and skin tags both do not typically cause any symptoms at all. They are fairly small growths, and unless you have another visible problem, they will go unnoticed. Sweating and not keeping the anal cavity dry may cause warts to itch. If they get irritated, they may also bleed. Skin tags can also become itchy, especially when fecal matter gets stuck under them. Since skin tags hang, they can trap fecal matter. The itching may be the first sign of a skin tag. Skin tags may also drop through the anal cavity. When that happens, it does not cause any pain but makes you aware that something may be wrong. If you start having a lot of abdominal pain, fecal incontinence, or pain using the bathroom, you should see a physician.

Diagnosis

Both warts and anal tags may not be diagnosed until you have a yearly physical. Through an anal colonoscopy, the doctor can see those warts and polyps and may even treat them then and there. If the doctor notices skin tags or warts through a visual examination, they will use an anoscope to see inside the anus. It is important for the doctor to be thorough in their examination. Warts may develop from a virus, but warts do not develop without an underlying cause. Real treatment is not made until the cause of the problem is found.

Wart and Skin Tag Removal

Both warts and skin tags are removed in similar ways. Options for removal include the use of a laser, scalpel, or freezing methods. Warts may also be removed with an acid solution. After using the solution, an ointment is prescribed to help treat the problem. This method does not remove warts overnight. This method may take some time to work. The laser, scalpel, and freezing are all methods that work well and do not typically cause any follow-up treatment.  The laser burns the skin tag and wart off. It leaves a small scar, but it is fairly quick and easy. The use of a scalpel is a little more invasive. It cuts away the growths and afterward, the doctor has to sew the area up. In both situations, you will need anesthesia for the pain. Freezing the skin tag or wart is the least painful. It does not require any cutting and the growth usually just falls off after treatment. There are different ways to remove these things, but the method of removal is dependent on the size and location of the wart and skin tag.

Warts and skin tags are similar problems that affect the anal cavity. It is possible to have them and not even know it. In most cases, they are asymptomatic. Sometimes while looking for something else, the doctor will diagnose warts and skin tags. If you have a skin tag, it is because of another health problem. It is good for a doctor to see those because they can diagnose the source of the tag. Warts are benign growths, but they can be a precursor to cancer. If you are diagnosed with a wart or skin tag, there are many different options for removal. Just trust that your physician will do what is best for you.

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