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Can they be cancerous? My doctor said they can freeze them off. Has anyone done this?
 

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yes, i've had a couple of very small ones removed by my GP from my neck (caused by friction from necklace). same method for removal of warts although skin tags are not viral so unlikely to return in exact same place. they fall off a few days after treatment, i found it worked well for me.
 

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no, not really - just stings a tiny bit from the cold temp but only for a second. you can also have them removed by electrolysis, where a tiny electric current is applied using a small needle. i've had both methods done, got the same result from both, would favour the freezing method coz it's a bit quicker.
 

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Yeah, I have two of them. I hate them. Can you remove them yourself? Or do they vanish on their own?
 

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I've had skin tags and they were caused by friction too -- my skin is super sensitive and becomes irritated if clothing, jewelry rubs against it. I've had them removed -- no problem. They don't vanish on their own, in fact I had one that started to get larger. I don't know how to avoid them but if I notice that, for instance, a bra is causing irritation I'll start wearing a cami for a while; also check out if clothing or jewelry is rough in the area you note skin tags are forming.
 

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Skin tags are very small skin growths that look weird 'cause they usually hang from a narrow piece of skin. They're usually small but they can continue to grow. They can be removed by freezing, cauterizing (sp) or if you are silly enough to try to remove them yourself tie them off with dental floss or thread to cut off the blood supply. (I don't recommend this -- a friend did it and she ended up with a smaller tag). They can be a real nuisance if they grow on or around your eyes. They're usually not cancerous.
 

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I always wore a gold chain around my neck which I never took off. For sentimental reasons -well I ended up with these skin tags around my neck area. I never knew about them. After having them for years, I saw advertised a cosmetician who specialized in the removal of skin tags. So Finally I had them removed.
She used a needle similar to electrolosis. I was thrilled with results. The larger ones did hurt, but worth the pain. I also had a few under my bust probably from friction like someone else mentioned, from my bra.
I had about 12 on my neck and 3-4 under bust.
Total cost for about 20 min was $40.00 which I thought was a lot cheaper than going to dermatologist and she was very fast.
 

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I had about 4 removed by a derm, I had one on one harm, one on my leg, and one on my stomach, and on my chin, and it cost me $180 and that was about 8 years ago! I can't recall the method he used, he told me they needed to be analysed just in case they were cancerous and I got a call few days after and they weren't! feeew!
 

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Weird, I had one removed a few years ago and they covered it under insurance since it could have been something serious so they needed to have it tested. I dont know if I would let an electrolysis technician remove a skin tag. They're not doctors!
 

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It because here in Quebec, you can see a derm paid by the province (at least free for the visit) but it takes about 2 years to get an appointment, if you don't want to pay and wait 2 years then get your $ out and you will get your appointment in a day or two.
 

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It because here in Quebec, you can see a derm paid by the province (at least free for the visit) but it takes about 2 years to get an appointment, if you don't want to pay and wait 2 years then get your $ out and you will get your appointment in a day or two.
Oh wow, so to have your visit covered by insurance its a wait for like 2 years(an exaggeration, no?) or pay yourself and get in immediately. Ugh,. so that's free health care, huh? How is that good for people? Potential serious skin disease like skin cancer but since you can't afford it, take your chances and wait?!! No way. Obama better not make this type of health care a reality in this country.
 

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Oh wow, so to have your visit covered by insurance its a wait for like 2 years(an exaggeration, no?) or pay yourself and get in immediately. Ugh,. so that's free health care, huh? How is that good for people? Potential serious skin disease like skin cancer but since you can't afford it, take your chances and wait?!! No way. Obama better not make this type of health care a reality in this country.
In Ontario you have to get a referral from a GP to see a specialist -- this can take anywhere from 1-10 weeks. However the removal of skin tags, moles, are not covered by the health care plan because these are cosmetic procedures and they aren't considered medical emergencies. If, the lesion is considered a medical procedure, pre-cancerous or necessary by the doctor it's free. My friend had a complete nose job done at no cost because her doctor considered it a medical necessity.

I went to the emergency dept. for breathing problems; I was sent by ambulance to a large medical centre, had tests done and was seen by top specialists -- plus a return back to my village -- all at no cost all in the same day.

Our medical services aren't perfect but there is a lot of abuse of the system and also thousands of stolen medical cards used by people who are not technically covered.
 

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I saw the Micheal Moore film "Sicko" and it's not very joyful in the state, 50 millions persons cannot afford health insurances (and that was before the recession) and the 250millions think they are well covered, but when something happens, they learn very fast how they can be ruined because their insurances don't cover everything. 100,000 americans migrates to Canada, so they can have medical assistance for free.
 

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I have skin tags. I was told once by a GP that they are viral (I think that is what he said). He froze them off for me. As has been said earlier this only feels like a pin prick. I have also had some removed at a beauticians. I had the same good results on both occassions. The GP also told me that if you see them early enough you can scrape them yourself - I use a fingernail. Unfortunately with me I think mine are hereditary as my Father also had them. I get them on my eyelids, underarms and have one horrible large one currently on my back. They really annoy me.
 
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