The skin around the anus is relatively loose to allow opening for the passage of stool. It is prone to be stretched by enlargement of the underlying hemorrhoid blood vessels. The stretched skin may persist leading to a bump or skin tag. Anal skin tags are usually due to previous swollen hemorrhoids. This may occur after flare ups of hemorrhoids during pregnancy, external hemorrhoid thrombosis , straining from constipation or diarrhea, heavy lifting, or strenuous exercise. Small asymptomatic tags are very common.
How Are Anal Skin Tags Identified and Removed?
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Anal skin tags, or rectal skin tags, are common and usually harmless growths that hang off the skin around the outside of the anus. They may be mistaken for warts or piles haemorrhoids. The skin around the anus stretches during bowel movements so stool can pass. This can be exacerbated with haemorrhoids, which cause the skin to stretch. When the haemorrhoid goes down, a tag of skin is left behind.
What are Anal Skin Tags, and Should They be Removed?
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An anal skin tag is an excess growth of skin around the anus. Anal skin tags are almost always benign and rarely cause pain. However, skin tags can cause discomfort and itching. They are usually small and may be your normal skin color or slightly darker. If they do not bother you, most skin tags can be left alone.