Regardless of their location on the body, skin tags can be aesthetically unpleasing and get in the way of comfort. In the case of anal skin tags, extra skin flaps emerge around the anal verge (where the outside skin meets the anal cavity), and may lead to discomfort, difficulty with hygiene, and reduced confidence during sexual intimacy.
Causes of Anal Skin Tags
Anal skin tags are not necessarily the result of anal intercourse or sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, they can be associated with anal fissures, called sentinel skin tags, as well as external hemorrhoids and pregnancy. In the case of anal fissures, or tears that can occur from consistently hard stools, sentinel anal skin tags may develop around these areas as the body attempts to heal itself. Rectal surgery recovery may also lead to skin tags as the swollen tissue heals.
Treatment for Anal Skin Tags
The skin around the anal opening is very different from the skin in any other part of the body because it is constantly expanding and contracting, so it must be treated with care and expertise.
Not all anal skin tags are benign, so it is important to be examined by a Proctologist. Although most anal skin tags are not harmful, their presence may be taken as an indication to see a doctor to make certain that they are not associated with inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease.
Have your doctor evaluate your anal skin tags to determine a root cause. Anal skin tags may be treated both surgically and non surgically, depending on many factors, including the size, location and type. Contact us to learn more about available treatment options.