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Old 05-08-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with a topical homeopathic medicine to remove skin tags? At $30 from a catalog, it sounds like a waste of money, but I am open to comments.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:22 AM
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Location: Way beyond the black stump.
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I remove 'em, and it doesn't cost me a cent, I simply cut 'em off with one quick snip with a pair of good scissors. I've done it several times. If we're talking about the same thing, I believe they are called 'papillomars'.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I remove 'em, and it doesn't cost me a cent, I simply cut 'em off with one quick snip with a pair of good scissors. I've done it several times. If we're talking about the same thing, I believe they are called 'papillomars'.
^^I actually do this too using nail clippers that I've thoroughly cleaned in alcohol. Then I apply ice to the area, swab it with alcohol and snip. Just beware, they do bleed what I consider to be quite a lot. But any trace of them is gone within a couple days.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:20 AM
 
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I remove 'em, and it doesn't cost me a cent, I simply cut 'em off with one quick snip with a pair of good scissors. I've done it several times. If we're talking about the same thing, I believe they are called 'papillomars'.
I've had about 10 of these (in my lifetime) - I went to the doctor the first time, every time since - I've also just clipped with manicure scissors and dabbed with something to prevent infection.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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My dermatologist removes all but the big ones without using anything to numb the area. It's painful but not something I could not stand. So, if you want to just clip them at home, do it if you are careful about hygiene. A big one, I would see the derm about!
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Depends on what you consider 'big" but I got rid of a few big ones by tying them off at the base with plain dental floss. Make sure its PLAIN dental floss---no wax, no flavors, etc

its no samll fwat tying it off, depending on where its located, you might need some help. make sure to be hygenic, etc. I tied them off, it took a few days, but they lose blood supply and eventually just wither away, then you can pll it off. Be sure to keep it clean while tied, use 90% alcohol. Like another poster said, they really bleed a lot, so don't panic.

I asked a dermatologist, he wanted $300, not reimbursed by insurance. I decided to give it a try myself.

I've found--small to medium size, you can pull off yourself with CLEAN fingers, fingernails, nail clippers

--large ones, tie off with dental floss


very small ones, that you can't get a grasp on, perhaps tryOTC lotions, like OP suggested?
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I would be wary of that claim about the topical...

For yrs I have had them too...mine just come back so now I ignore them unless they bother me in some way.

Have removed some using sharp cuticle scissors...




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Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with a topical homeopathic medicine to remove skin tags? At $30 from a catalog, it sounds like a waste of money, but I am open to comments.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Man up and just cut it off with some scissors (wipe with a disinfectant). That's what I do. Slap on a bandaid and your done with it.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Again, be CAREFUL about infections!It goes without saying---

Wash the area thoroughly, lots of soap and warm water, rinse and dry with clean towels.

Wash your hands, clean your nails, thoroughly clean any nippers, scissors, let soak in 90% alcohol 30 min

Clean the area after removal with alcohol, apply pressure until they stop bleeding---they do bleed a lot

keep fresh bandaids on it for a few days,


why do I say all this common sense stuff? Because people aren't very clean sometimes!


About a month ago, I dropped a plate and a tiny piece of glass got embedded in my leg. Despite my best efforts, it got infected---you do NOT want an infection! It formed a nasty boil, Er had to cut and lance the boil, pus spurted out, I stayed in hospital overnight for IV antibiotics---Don't get an infection!
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Does anyone have experience (good or bad) with a topical homeopathic medicine to remove skin tags? At $30 from a catalog, it sounds like a waste of money, but I am open to comments.
Save your money, tincture of iodine applied 2x/day will dry them up painlessly and they'll fall, same for most moles.
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