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Will skin tags go away after pregnancy


What They Are and How to Remove Them

Of all the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, finding new skin tags may be the least expected.

As it turns out, skin tags are a common change during the second trimester of pregnancy. Although there are no exact estimates for how common pregnancy skin tags are, you may find them popping up on your neck, breasts, or even vagina.

In this article, we will discuss what causes skin tags during pregnancy, where new skin tags might show up, and potential treatment options for pregnancy skin tags.

Skin tags are small, benign skin growths that often form in areas with skin folds, such as the neck, armpits, or under breasts.

The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology reports about half of all adults have at least one skin tag. They can begin to develop in children as young as about 10 years old.

There are many theories as to what causes the development of skin tags. Before we explore these causes, let’s discuss where skin tags might commonly form during pregnancy.

Skin tags during pregnancy can appear at any of the common skin tag sites — including on the folds of your neck, armpits, breasts, or vagina.

One of the proposed theories of skin tag formation is increased friction, so they may occur more frequently in areas of weight gain. Since everybody gains weight differently during pregnancy, these areas may vary.

There are no solid statistics that say where or how many skin tags will form during pregnancy.

No matter where your skin tags develop, they usually don’t pose a problem unless they become caught or snagged. This can happen with certain clothes or jewelry and may cause slight irritation or even pain.

According to a small 2007 clinical study, roughly 20 percent of women experience dermatological changes during pregnancy. Of these dermatological changes, around 12 percent will present as skin tags. As mentioned above, there are a handful of possible causes of skin tags during pregnancy.

Pregnancy skin tags may be caused by increased friction due to weight gain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends gaining anywhere from 11 to 40 pounds, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight.

If this weight gain causes increased friction under the armpits or on the neck, for example, skin tags may form in these areas.

Skin tags during pregnancy may also be caused by hormonal changes. In a small 2019 study, researchers found a high positive correlation between levels of the hormone leptin and the number of skin tags. A prior study from 2010 demonstrated similar results.

Leptin is a hormone that can promote the differentiation and growth of epithelial (skin) cells. Fat tissue from both a pregnant woman and the fetus secrete leptin, which may explain the sudden rise in skin tag growth during pregnancy.

The formation of skin tags during pregnancy may also be due to the influence of sex hormones. One 2010 research study found a possible link between increased estrogen levels and skin tags.

This link is supported by the fact that most skin tag formation occurs after puberty, a period of drastic hormonal changes. In addition, women produce high levels of estrogen during pregnancy, which might lead to the increased formation of skin tags.

There have been other proposed causes of skin tags, including insulin sensitivity and genetics, although these causes do not necessarily apply specifically to pregnant women.

Although skin tags may disappear after you give birth, do not be alarmed if they decide to stick around. In this case, you may seek multiple treatment options to safely remove them.

Medical remedies

The following treatments require a visit to the doctor’s or dermatologist’s office for removal. For larger skin tags and skin tags on your face or other sensitive skin, always see your doctor, and do not try to remove these at home.

  • Excision. This procedure involves physically snipping or cutting the skin tag off with scissors or a scalpel. If the skin tag is particularly big, stitches may be required.
  • Cauterization. With cauterization, the skin tag can be removed by burning the tag with high levels of heat or electrical energy.
  • Cryosurgery. Similar to cauterization, cryosurgery allows for the freezing and removal of the skin tags using liquid nitrogen.

Home remedies

During pregnancy, it is important to avoid harsh treatments or chemicals that may be absorbed into the skin. The following treatments can be done safely at home to attempt to naturally dry out the skin tags.

  • Apple cider vinegar. The drying properties of apple cider vinegar are due to its acidic nature. This may be beneficial in drying out skin tags, which will allow them to fall off. Using a soaked cotton swab to target only the skin tag can minimize the risk of burns.
  • Tea tree oil. Another popular skin treatment is tea tree oil, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties. With the ability to help reduce inflammation, it may be a great spot treatment for a skin tag that has been snagged or irritated.
  • Garlic. Garlic has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. While there is no scientific proof, people have reported success removing skin tags by placing a small amount of fresh garlic or fresh garlic juice on a skin tag and covering it with a clean bandage each day until the skin tag falls off.

As mentioned, skin tags are relatively painless, benign growths. However, if they become painful, infected, or if you are just concerned that your skin tags may be something else, be sure to visit your doctor. They can help to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment.

You may also want to avoid using products that contain vitamin A during pregnancy. While very rare, vitamin A has been linked to problems with a developing fetus.

Skin tags during pregnancy are a relatively common dermatological change. There are many reasons that may cause skin tags to develop during pregnancy, including weight gain or hormonal changes.

There are several at-home and in-office treatment options for skin tags that do not go away after pregnancy.

If you’re concerned about your skin tags at all, talk to your OB-GYN or dermatologist.

What They Are and How to Remove Them

Of all the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, finding new skin tags may be the least expected.

As it turns out, skin tags are a common change during the second trimester of pregnancy. Although there are no exact estimates for how common pregnancy skin tags are, you may find them popping up on your neck, breasts, or even vagina.

In this article, we will discuss what causes skin tags during pregnancy, where new skin tags might show up, and potential treatment options for pregnancy skin tags.

Skin tags are small, benign skin growths that often form in areas with skin folds, such as the neck, armpits, or under breasts.

The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology reports about half of all adults have at least one skin tag. They can begin to develop in children as young as about 10 years old.

There are many theories as to what causes the development of skin tags. Before we explore these causes, let’s discuss where skin tags might commonly form during pregnancy.

Skin tags during pregnancy can appear at any of the common skin tag sites — including on the folds of your neck, armpits, breasts, or vagina.

One of the proposed theories of skin tag formation is increased friction, so they may occur more frequently in areas of weight gain. Since everybody gains weight differently during pregnancy, these areas may vary.

There are no solid statistics that say where or how many skin tags will form during pregnancy.

No matter where your skin tags develop, they usually don’t pose a problem unless they become caught or snagged. This can happen with certain clothes or jewelry and may cause slight irritation or even pain.

According to a small 2007 clinical study, roughly 20 percent of women experience dermatological changes during pregnancy. Of these dermatological changes, around 12 percent will present as skin tags. As mentioned above, there are a handful of possible causes of skin tags during pregnancy.

Pregnancy skin tags may be caused by increased friction due to weight gain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends gaining anywhere from 11 to 40 pounds, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight.

If this weight gain causes increased friction under the armpits or on the neck, for example, skin tags may form in these areas.

Skin tags during pregnancy may also be caused by hormonal changes. In a small 2019 study, researchers found a high positive correlation between levels of the hormone leptin and the number of skin tags. A prior study from 2010 demonstrated similar results.

Leptin is a hormone that can promote the differentiation and growth of epithelial (skin) cells. Fat tissue from both a pregnant woman and the fetus secrete leptin, which may explain the sudden rise in skin tag growth during pregnancy.

The formation of skin tags during pregnancy may also be due to the influence of sex hormones. One 2010 research study found a possible link between increased estrogen levels and skin tags.

This link is supported by the fact that most skin tag formation occurs after puberty, a period of drastic hormonal changes. In addition, women produce high levels of estrogen during pregnancy, which might lead to the increased formation of skin tags.

There have been other proposed causes of skin tags, including insulin sensitivity and genetics, although these causes do not necessarily apply specifically to pregnant women.

Although skin tags may disappear after you give birth, do not be alarmed if they decide to stick around. In this case, you may seek multiple treatment options to safely remove them.

Medical remedies

The following treatments require a visit to the doctor’s or dermatologist’s office for removal. For larger skin tags and skin tags on your face or other sensitive skin, always see your doctor, and do not try to remove these at home.

  • Excision. This procedure involves physically snipping or cutting the skin tag off with scissors or a scalpel. If the skin tag is particularly big, stitches may be required.
  • Cauterization. With cauterization, the skin tag can be removed by burning the tag with high levels of heat or electrical energy.
  • Cryosurgery. Similar to cauterization, cryosurgery allows for the freezing and removal of the skin tags using liquid nitrogen.

Home remedies

During pregnancy, it is important to avoid harsh treatments or chemicals that may be absorbed into the skin. The following treatments can be done safely at home to attempt to naturally dry out the skin tags.

  • Apple cider vinegar. The drying properties of apple cider vinegar are due to its acidic nature. This may be beneficial in drying out skin tags, which will allow them to fall off. Using a soaked cotton swab to target only the skin tag can minimize the risk of burns.
  • Tea tree oil. Another popular skin treatment is tea tree oil, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties. With the ability to help reduce inflammation, it may be a great spot treatment for a skin tag that has been snagged or irritated.
  • Garlic. Garlic has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. While there is no scientific proof, people have reported success removing skin tags by placing a small amount of fresh garlic or fresh garlic juice on a skin tag and covering it with a clean bandage each day until the skin tag falls off.

As mentioned, skin tags are relatively painless, benign growths. However, if they become painful, infected, or if you are just concerned that your skin tags may be something else, be sure to visit your doctor. They can help to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment.

You may also want to avoid using products that contain vitamin A during pregnancy. While very rare, vitamin A has been linked to problems with a developing fetus.

Skin tags during pregnancy are a relatively common dermatological change. There are many reasons that may cause skin tags to develop during pregnancy, including weight gain or hormonal changes.

There are several at-home and in-office treatment options for skin tags that do not go away after pregnancy.

If you’re concerned about your skin tags at all, talk to your OB-GYN or dermatologist.

Papillomas during pregnancy - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention

HPV and pregnancy

HPV is present in the blood of almost everyone. According to statistics, 90% of the world's population is infected with it. However, in most people, the immune system fights this virus on its own, so it often does not manifest itself in any way. Another thing is expectant mothers.

Pregnancy is a lot of stress for the whole body. At this time, many changes take place in the body of a woman, in most cases, the protective properties of the body decrease. If a woman was infected with HPV before pregnancy, the chance that he will make itself felt after the conception of a child is great. Therefore, many obstetrician-gynecologists are faced with a situation where a woman complains that she has papillomas during pregnancy.

Often during pregnancy, there is a rapid growth of genital papillomas or warts, as well as an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge. There is no need to be afraid of this, but there is still a reason to consult a doctor to make sure that the pregnancy is proceeding as it should.

The presence of papillomas on the body or face cannot harm the course of pregnancy and the development of the fetus. Papillomas on the mucous membrane of the vagina and uterus deserve close attention from the doctor. The fact is that a child, passing through the birth canal, can become infected with HPV. In this case, there is a risk of developing papillomatosis of the baby's larynx.

Diagnosis of papillomas during pregnancy

Diagnostic measures during pregnancy are no different from those that the doctor conducts for other women.

  1. The first is a clinical examination. After it, the doctor can detect the presence of papillomas or condylomas (papillary neoplasms on the skin and mucous membranes of a person).
  2. To confirm the diagnosis of genital papillomas and warts, colposcopy is used - an examination of the vagina and uterus using an apparatus resembling a microscope.
  3. The gynecologist may also take a smear from the cervical canal and cervix for cytological examination.
  4. To determine the type of HPV, the doctor will take a laboratory analysis - PCR.

Treatment of papillomas during pregnancy

There is an opinion that the less therapeutic manipulations are performed during pregnancy, which can be stressful for the body of the expectant mother and fetus, the better. This applies to taking a number of medicines, as well as carrying out certain procedures, including surgical ones.

However, there are cases when the removal of papillomas during pregnancy cannot be postponed.

It is necessary to remove a neoplasm on the skin if papilloma:

  • grows on a part of the body that is constantly injured;
  • causes discomfort;
  • is located in the vagina and reaches a large size;
  • grows rapidly, deforms or changes color.

To remove papillomas in expectant mothers, the following methods are used:

  • cryodestruction,
  • laser removal,
  • electrocoagulation,
  • radio wave surgery.

The advantages of these methods compared to surgery, when the doctor used a scalpel to excise the papilloma, are significant! A woman does not experience pain, as such, there is no rehabilitation period, and complications such as scars and scars are excluded.

Specialists of the ON CLINIC International Medical Center remind that pregnancy should be planned and prepared for it in advance: pass all the necessary tests for sexually transmitted infections and HPV, if necessary, conduct therapy, and only then proceed to conception. This will help reduce the risk of unwanted complications during gestation and during childbirth.

Gynecologists and dermatovenereologists of the ON CLINIC International Medical Center are highly qualified specialists who will advise on all matters of concern, promptly diagnose and treat.

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Are papillomas dangerous during pregnancy? Treatment of papillomas in pregnant women

The appearance of papillomas during pregnancy is not such a rare pathology. Medical statistics are relentless. It says that every third inhabitant of the planet is infected with the human papillomavirus, which causes the appearance of neoplasms in different parts of the skin and mucous membranes. And pregnant women are no exception.

Are papillomas during pregnancy dangerous for mother and unborn child? Is it possible to treat the disease before the baby is born? What modern techniques allow you to remove warts during gestation and feeding? The experts of the clinic "Lazersvit" answer the questions that interest many future parents.

Causes of appearance

As in all other cases, papillomas during pregnancy appear due to excessive activity of papillomovirus. HPV enters the body from the carrier through direct contact or through common hygiene items and household items. The virus can "sleep" for a long time. That is, the disease proceeds without symptoms. But as soon as the protective functions of the body fail, it begins to affect the cells, causing their mutation and chaotic division. This is how skin growths appear - papillomas, condylomas, warts.

Important: It's no secret that pregnant women's immunity is weakened. Loads on all organs associated with bearing a child, including hormonal changes, do not go unnoticed. The protective functions of the body weaken, and the virus that was present in the blood appears in all its glory.

Depending on the “relationship” of the human papillomavirus during pregnancy with immunity, the clinical picture of the disease may be different.

  • Some women do not even suspect that they have HPV before they are tested. They live with the virus for many years, and it does not manifest itself in any way even during pregnancy.
  • In some women, solitary neoplasms appear on the nipples, in the armpits, which do not cause any particular inconvenience.
  • In other expectant mothers, multiple genital warts grow in the intimate area, resembling a cauliflower. They look extremely unattractive and cause concern among others.

The causes of such different symptoms and manifestations are hidden in the type of virus. Some of its strains cause papillomas during pregnancy on the genitals, while others cause the appearance of vulgar warts or filiform growths.

Most types of HPV have low cancer risks. And, to a greater extent, the need for treatment of skin pathologies is explained by cosmetic defects or inconvenience. For example, a formation on the back clings to clothes, and a papilloma on the neck bleeds from constant injury from accessories.

But there are dangerous strains of the virus that lead to the development of skin cancer. It is impossible to determine which virus is present in the body of a particular woman without special studies. Only in the conditions of a specialized clinic, through laboratory tests, the type of HPV is determined. Based on the data obtained, as well as after a visual and hardware examination of neoplasms, the doctor assesses the risks of pathology for the mother and the unborn baby. Also, the doctor decides on the possibility of treating the disease or transferring therapy to the postpartum period.

Important: An analysis of the condition of a particular patient allows the doctor to determine whether it is necessary to remove papilloma during pregnancy in a particular patient in one way or another, and how urgent intervention is justified.

The impact of HPV on the course of pregnancy and the fetus

The most important issue that worries future parents is related to the effect of papillomavirus on the course of pregnancy and the fetus. The danger of the disease for mother and child is really present.

  • In some patients, the virus provokes premature termination of pregnancy and the inability to bear the baby.
  • Aggressive strains in a small percentage of cases disrupt the anatomy of the neural tube of the fetus. As a result, congenital pathologies of the nervous system of the child are possible.
  • The danger is genital warts on the cervix, on the labia minora. A child, passing through the birth canal, can become infected from the mother with a virus, which will manifest itself in him with the appearance of benign formations of the respiratory organs.
  • Even, at first glance, a harmless wart on the body, with adverse external factors, can cause infection to enter the bloodstream. A mechanically damaged growth becomes a "gateway" for pathogenic microflora. And in this case, the treatment of a secondary infection may be hampered by the impossibility of taking antibiotics during pregnancy.
  • Intraductal papilloma in pregnant women with its large size leads to the inability to breastfeed the baby.
  • Warts on the areola of the nipples often pose a threat to the baby - the baby can become infected with HPV from the mother while breastfeeding. However, it is not recommended to stop breastfeeding. After all, in infancy, the foundations of children's immunity are laid.

Information about risks is quite contradictory and ambiguous. That is why the control of the disease should be carried out by a specialist during the entire period of pregnancy. The doctor must assess the risk and make decisions if the treatment of papilloma in pregnant women cannot be delayed.

Important: By itself, the presence of HPV in a woman's body is not considered by specialists as a contraindication for pregnancy. The same factor does not entail the risks of pathologies of intrauterine development of the fetus. Years of research confirm that the papilloma virus does not cause birth defects such as Down's syndrome or others. The main condition for the birth of a healthy child is the control of the disease throughout the entire period of pregnancy.

Diagnostics

The best option is to donate blood for the presence of HPV in both the future father and the future mother even at the stage of pregnancy planning. The human papillomavirus is transmitted by contact, so if it is found in a woman, then with a high degree of probability it will be detected in her sexual partner.

Important: Quite often, attempts to conceive in a woman will not be successful precisely because of the presence of HPV in the body. The virus reduces sperm motility and prevents the survival of the embryo. But even if pregnancy has already occurred, you should not ignore the diagnosis. Forewarned means protected.

We described above what danger the disease carries. As for research methods, they are completely safe. For example, a visual examination allows the doctor to identify condylomas of the external and internal genital organs, papillomas on the chest during pregnancy, filiform growths in the groin, on the abdomen, in the armpits. In addition to visual inspection, hardware diagnostics are carried out. Mandatory for the expectant mother is the study of the uterine epithelium for the presence of HPV in the body.

Features of the treatment of papilloma in pregnant women

Treatment of papilloma in pregnant women is carried out only with severe symptoms. If the virus is sleeping, then you can get by with antiviral agents (including local ones) that will suppress it. Such treatment can only be prescribed by a virologist or gynecologist and is possible only in the initial period of pregnancy - during the first trimester.

Important: Your doctor may recommend products to support your immune system. This will avoid the occurrence of new neoplasms due to a new round of the development of the disease. The course of treatment is carried out strictly according to the prescription and under the supervision of a doctor. From time to time, you will need to donate blood in order to timely identify changes that can lead to sad consequences.

If the expectant mother is diagnosed with aggressive strains 16 and 18, it may be recommended to terminate the pregnancy with a mandatory course of treatment. In any case, such a decision is made collectively after a thorough analysis of many factors.

In advanced cases of papillomavirus, a pregnant patient is treated by several doctors - a dermatologist-oncologist and a gynecologist. It is important that in case of a complex course of the disease, in order to avoid negative consequences for the child, a caesarean section is recommended.

Is it possible to remove papillomas during pregnancy: safe methods of treatment

As for the direct elimination of growths, the removal of papillomas in pregnant women is carried out using a radio wave or laser method. Both methods are safe and painless. The difference between the methods is that the radio wave knife cuts off the wart and adjacent tissues, and the laser burns out pathogenic tissues. The doctor determines the best option, taking into account on which part of the body the growth to be removed is located.

Precautions and possible complications

Despite the relative safety of modern methods of removing skin lesions, if papilloma during pregnancy does not cause inconvenience, it is not recommended to perform manipulations to remove it before childbirth. Even a micro-operation is stressful for the body, so it can harm the baby.


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