Warts and skin tags look really unsightly on the skin, don’t they? And if you have ones, you have probably visited a dermatologist to seek advice how to get rid of them.
We have already written about these 2 skin conditions since they are very common. You can remove them with apple cider vinegar, but you can also try the same thing using hydrogen peroxide.
Now, read this post that covers skin tag and wart removal with another substance -hydrogen peroxide.
What is a skin tag and how to recognize it on the skin
A skin tag (also known as acrochordon ) is a small tag of skin that may be squat (sessile) or on a stalk (a peduncle). Skin tags commonly occur on the neck, armpits, upper chest, groin, and on the eyelids. They are usually benign and generally occur after mid-life. These tiny benign tumors of the skin usually cause no symptoms unless they are repeatedly irritated as, for instance, by a collar or a waist belt.
Picture of skin tags
If a skin tag is irritating or cosmetically unwanted, the treatment may involve freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen or cutting off the skin tag with scissors or a scalpel.
Factors that increase the probability of having skin tags are:
- person’s genetics,
- fatness and
- diabetic condition.
Skin tags are a more common condition among pregnant women due to hormonal changes in the pregnancy months. They are more generally found in skin folds on the body where skin rubs against skin. Such spots are the armpits, groins, under the breasts, eyelids and neck, but they can also appear on any part of the body. According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) USA, approximately 46% of people have at least 1 skin tag, and most people will have at least 1 common wart at some point of their aging.
What is a wart and how to recognize it on the skin
Picture of warts
A wart (also known as verruca vulgaris) is a solid growth with a rough surface on a local outer layer of the skin (that is of the epidermis) caused by a virus, especially HPV type (human papilloma virus), which causes an infection in which the top layer of the skin grows too fast. The virus of warts (a papillomavirus) is transmitted by physical contact. The contact can be with a wart on someone else’s skin or a wart on one self’s skin (self-transmission or autoinoculation).
The warts that form on top of the feet, or on top of the hands and fingers, are classified as common warts. A wart on the sole of the foot (the so-called ‘plantar surface’) is a plantar wart, and this one can be quite painful. Venereal or genital warts are located on the genitals and are transmitted by sexual contact (intercourse), so they are a form of sexually transmitted disease (STD).
The word wart origins from the Old English. The medical term for a wart is verruca (which is actually the Latin name for a wart). The most common type of a wart is verruca vulgaris. A wart in medicine is also sometimes called by its Spanish name – verruga.
An important factor that increases the possibility of developing a wart is broken skin, through which the virus can enter the top layer of the skin through scratches or cuts. This virus is bad because apart from causing skin warts it can be spread to other parts of the body. It is passed through skin-to-skin contact or contact with towels or shoes of infected people. It is therefore best to treat warts as soon as they appear.
How can you treat spreading skin tags and warts?
You can use over-the-counter pharmaceutical products to treat warts, or visit a dermatologist that can perform skin tag and wart treatment by using medical removal techniques, but you can also treat these two conditions with hydrogen peroxide.
Important note: Before you attempt to remove skin growth at home, you need to know that you are removing skin tags or warts – which are considered benign conditions. You must not try to remove a mole or any other suspicious skin lesion that can be malignant. What you are trying to remove should have been previously examined and diagnosed by a health professional as a harmless skin tag and not something else.
Hydrogen peroxide has the power to remove skin tags and warts
The hydrogen peroxide is a natural astringent and bleaching agent that can be bought in varying concentrations in pharmacies. It can be used for a number of purposes, including:
1. Teeth whitening
2. Treating toenail persistent fungus
3. Removing difficult stains from surfaces while disinfecting.
Which power of hydrogen peroxide to use for removal?
Although weaker solutions can be found in virtually any drug store, to remove skin tags or warts you will need to buy 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. This is unlikely to be found in drug stores, but it can be bought online.
Important note: This higher percentage solution must be stored in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, and in a dark container, as both heat and light can cause hydrogen peroxide to break down more quickly. For a longer product life, store it in the freezer.
The higher the percentage, the more cautious you need to be! Make sure that the bottle is clearly labeled and keep it away from children and pets as it can be very toxic if ingested. It is a flammable solution, so it must be kept away from heat sources, sparks, open flames and hot surfaces! Eliminate all sources of ignition and remove combustible materials!
Also keep in mind that the food grade hydrogen peroxide is a 35% solution, and is significantly more caustic (acidic) than the 3% solution you can usually found on store shelves.
This is how to remove skin tags and warts with hydrogen peroxide:
Getting rid of skin tags and warts with peroxide is amazingly simple, but requires perseverance. To do so, you will need the following equipment:
- 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide
- clean cotton swabs
- a nail file or pumice (for rough plantar warts)
If you are treating a plantar wart or verruca, file away the top layer of skin over the wart before using this method. Soak the cotton end of a swab in a full-strength solution of food-grade hydrogen peroxide, and then rub it onto the wart or skin tag carefully.
Make sure you don’t hit any healthy, normal skin with the hydrogen peroxide, as this may sting quite a bit and will damage the healthy skin.
For best result, repeat this treatment 3 to 5 times per day for a week or two.
At the beginning, the skin surrounding the wart or skin tag may become whitish in appearance. This is normal and means that the remedy is working. Keep up with the treatment until the wart blackens and forms into a scab (a film-like layer of skin), which will eventually fall off.
You may see this happen within only a few days of application, or it may take longer to disappear, as plantar warts are deeper and often require longer treatment.
If this doesn’t help, you can try apple cider vinegar instead.
PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
– DO NOT use hydrogen peroxide to remove skin tags around the eyelids, as it can harm the eyes. If it accidentally comes into contact with your eyes or other sensitive area, flush the area with flooding quantities of water for several minutes and immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor.
– Note that 35% hydrogen peroxide is a very strong solution, so if the wart is in a sensitive area, you should dilute it with water, or as best precaution, do not use this technique at all.
– Apply the solution only directly to the area which is affected, avoiding surrounding skin as much as possible.
– In case of fire: Use water for extinction.
National Institutes of Health USA
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