Anal skin tags are a relatively common condition that can cause discomfort and concern for individuals. While they are typically harmless, understanding their causes, recognizing the symptoms, and exploring treatment options is essential for those seeking relief or considering removal. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of anal skin tags, discussing their causes, symptoms, available treatment methods, and the recovery process.
What are Anal Skin Tags?
Anal skin tags are an excess of skin around the anal region. They can sometimes occur as a result of another anal condition, such as haemorrhoids or an anal fissure. Patients will often experience no issues with them other than
They commonly cause no problem to the patient other than the additional skin, but can sometimes lead to additional symptoms that can cause the need for them to be removed.
Who Can Experience Anal Skin Tags?
Generally, anyone can get anal skin tags. However, they can be more common in those that are obese. Additionally, those who are already suffers of chronic bowel issues such as Crohn’s disease or other anal conditions such as haemorrhoids or an anal fissure can be more likely to develop anal skin tags.
Anal trauma or injury and conditions such as hemorrhoids or anal surgery may lead to the development of anal skin tags.
Pregnancy is also something that can often bring on anal skin tags due to fluctuations in hormones. Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to developing skin tags in various parts of the body, including the anal area.
What are the symptoms of Anal Skin Tags?
Patients can experience a number of symptoms due to the excess of skin such as, bleeding, irritation, redness, itchiness, overall discomfort, difficulty cleaning the area clean and a staining of the under garments. Trying to avoid scratching is important. Often washing the area rather than wiping helps. Some people say that using a hair dryer to keep the area dry before going to bed helps with the symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is recommended to seek medical advice.
What is the Psychological Impact of Anal Skin Tags?
Our patients often find a large psychological impact that anal skin tags can have along with all the physical symptoms. Patients can be also often experience issues with intimacy, particularly with it being such an private area.
How Can Anal Skin Tags be Treated?
The only way to treat anal skin tags is through surgery. This will be done under general anaesthetic so you will be put to sleep as the skin tags are cut off. The procedure is usually done as a day case and you will be home the same day of the operation.
When visiting the clinic, our Consultant Colorectal Surgeon will perform an initial examination to ensure that there are no more extensive underlying issues that are causing the skin tags and that you are suitable for removal.
What is Recovery from Anal Skin Tags Like?
Although the recovery process following the removal of anal skin tags may vary from person to person, generally, there is a significant recovery period from anal skin tags as it is a painful procedure. If you had a cut on another part of your body such as your arm you would be able to leave it to heal on its own, however, due to the region you will be regularly washing and cleaning the area. Additionally, when you pass a stool the area is stretched, which will cause pain.
- Post-procedure care: Following removal, the surgical site may require gentle cleaning and the application of an antibiotic ointment. It is essential to follow the specific post-procedure instructions provided by the healthcare professional
- Pain management: Mild discomfort or pain at the surgical site is common after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relief or prescribed medications can help manage postoperative pain
- Healing time: The healing time varies depending on the size of the skin tags and the chosen removal method. In general, we advise patients that it will be two weeks of significant discomfort and then things will start to improve.
- Resuming activities: Most individuals can resume regular activities, including work and exercise, within a few days after the procedure. However, it is advisable to avoid activities that may strain or irritate the surgical area during the healing phase
Is Anal Skin Tag Surgery Available on the NHS?
Unfortunately, anal skin tag surgery is not something that is covered by the NHS as it is something that is considered cosmetic. The only way to get anal skin tags removed is through a private clinic such as Midlands Colorectal.
While anal skin tags may be bothersome, understanding their causes, symptoms, and available treatment options can provide much-needed relief and peace of mind. If you are experiencing discomfort or are considering the removal of anal skin tags, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Remember, early intervention and proper care contribute to a smoother recovery and improved comfort in the anal area.
If you are concerned about Anal Skin Tags and any pain or discomfort you may have, our team will be more than happy to help and investigate your symptoms further. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or enquire online to learn more.