Skin tags can occur at any age. If your child has one there is no need to panic. In this article, we will discuss what they are, what causes them to come about, and how to get rid of them.
Skin tags are wart-like appendages that are soft to the touch and that can be moved around. Polyps can occur on boys and girls of any age. Sometimes these growth grow by themselves and sometimes they grow in groups. These growths can occur anywhere. The most common place is on the neck or under the armpits. Babies can develop skin tags in the womb. The polyps often develop in front of the baby’s ears because the cartilage that develops into a human ear has not yet developed to resemble the ear. Sometimes ear polyps develop where the ear is attached to the side of the face. They don’t harm the child, but you might consider removing them for the sake of appearance.
A child can develop wart-like growths or floppy appendages that are the result of a dormant virus. The HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can cause growths in both adult and children. Children can also have the molloscum contagiosum virus. This disease can live on surface and can be spread by close contact with an infected individual. This virus commonly occurs in children less than ten years of age; however, both adults and children can catch the disease.
Skin tags are caused by skin rubbing against skin. These polyps can be various size and shapes, and are characteristically seen in children who are obese or are overweight. Many people have an inherited tendency to develop these growths, but no matter what their origin all skin tags are harmless.
There are different types of polyps that can appear on a child’s skin. Some of the types of fibroepthelial poiyps that can appear are anal, genital, and cutaneous skin tags. Cutaneous growths can appear anywhere on the body and are a result of friction. Young girls can develop vaginal polyps in the folds of their vagina; however, anal polyps can occur in both sexes.
Skin tags are not cancerous; therefore, they do not need to be removed unless they get torn during some kind of activity, and start bleeding. If these growths are very large they might require deadening before they can be removed. Just like adults, physicians can choose to remove skin tags off of children three ways. If around the eyelids a child can be taken to an ophthalmologist. If there are skin tags anywhere else they can be moved by the family physician or a dermatologist. There are at least three ways doctors can remove polyps. They can burn it off, cut them off, or freeze them off.