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How to Remove Skin Tags With Thread

author image Janet Contursi
Janet Contursi has been a writer and editor for more than 23 years. She has written for professional journals and newspapers, and has experience editing educational, cultural, and business articles and books. Her clients include Gale Publishers, Anaxos, Vielife and Twin Cities Wellness. Contursi earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, where she studied cultural anthropology, South Asian languages and culture, and art history.
How to Remove Skin Tags With Thread
Strong thread or dental floss is used to remove skin tags. Photo Credit: patronestaff/iStock/Getty Images

Skin tags are tiny benign skin lesions found in areas around the neck, groin and armpit. They can be caused by a virus; a hormonal imbalance; or the friction of something rubbing against your skin, such as a piece of jewelry or a car seat belt. Unlike inflammatory skin disorders, skin tags are not painful unless something rubs against or cuts them. If you are bothered by unsightly skin tags, one of the simplest treatments is to remove them with thread or dental floss, according to dermatologists at the Skin Center website.

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Step 1

Pour isopropyl alcohol onto a sterile gauze pad and wipe the area around the skin tag.

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread or dental floss and wipe it with isopropyl alcohol.

Step 3

Loop the clean thread or floss around the skin tag. Position the thread as close to the base of the skin tag as possible.

Step 4

Tie the thread into a tight knot and then tie another knot so it will not come loose.

Step 5

Trim the ends of the thread or floss with scissors wiped with alcohol so the ends do not catch on anything.

Step 6

Wait several days to one week until the skin tag falls off. The thread should inhibit the blood supply to the skin tag, causing it to wither and die.

Step 7

Apply isopropyl alcohol to the area during the waiting period to keep it germ-free.

Step 8

Apply peroxide or antibacterial ointment to the area after the skin tag falls off. Repeat until the area heals completely.

Step 9

Cover the area with a sterile bandage or sterile gauze after the skin tag falls off until it heals completely.

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