We have occasionally received questions about skin tags and whether these are a form of skin cancer. The most recent question involved a skin tag located under the breast. While skin tags are not cancerous, it is important to be aware of any growths and monitor them to make sure you contact your doctor if there is a problem. If you do have skin tags, be sure to note the location and the appearance when doing a self-exam so you can monitor the growth.
Skin tags (acrochordon), a soft growth that hangs or protrudes from the skin, are considered tumors; however, they are rarely malignant . They usually are not harmful. Skin tags usually occur where skin rubs against skin, such as on the eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, in the groin or on the upper chest and neck.
Certain people are more at risk of developing skin tags:
Individuals who are overweight
People with diabetes
Women who are pregnant
Heredity may also play a role in whether someone is more susceptible to ...
If you have diabetes , you might have dry skin. Glucose levels can affect your skin, when they are high, your skin is dry. Neuropathy can also cause dry skin on your feet and legs. Skin problems from dry skin include cracking, itching and infection. The following are tips to help keep your skin healthy when you have diabetes:
Use a moisturizer every day. Keeping your skin moisturized is the simplest way to prevent skin problems. Apply moisturizer after bathing when your skin is damp. Avoid using moisturizer between your toes.
Treat cuts immediately. Wash the area with soap and water and cover if necessary. If you have neuropathy pay careful attention to your legs and feets as you can have a cut or scratch and not know it is there because your nerves aren’t sending messages of pain to your brain.
Avoid scratching cuts or scratches as this can increase the chance for infection. Apply a moisturizer instead.
Keep baths and showers warm, but not hot. Hot water washes away the natural...
Did you know the largest internal organ of the body is the liver? But the overall largest organ of the body is the skin. It’s no wonder the skin is involved with so many aspects of diseases: rash, itching, fever, external bleeding, swelling, pallor (turning pale), and cyanosis (turning blue). Doctors look for signs of hundreds of diseases by examining the organ that is most accessible, the skin.
Often the skin is our first line of defense against adverse conditions such as hot and cold temperatures, external trauma (for example falling on hard ground) and harmful rays of the sun. We are protected from a myriad of germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) by having a finely woven coat of armor, our skin.
Unfortunately certain substances, after contacting the skin, may cause a break down in protective barrier forces. This may be followed by inflammation and a skin eruption (rash) that signals the development of contact dermatitis (CD) .
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