Skin tags are raised areas or bumps on the outer surface of the skin. Anal skin tags are common and while they might be sensitive, itchy, cause some discomfort, and make keeping clean more challenging, they are not usually painful. It can be distressing to find a lump or a bump in the perianal area or to have symptoms such as itching, but skin tags are benign not cancerous and typically small sometimes only a few millimeters. Skin tags may be caused by blood vessels in the anal area swelling under the skin and then reducing again.
I have a small tag of skin at the back of my anus, on the edge of the sphincter. I have had it as long as I can remember. It has no feeling in it and it is about half a centimetre long. I don't suffer from piles and it causes little problems, however it has definitely grown over the years and sometimes makes toilet hygiene difficult. I have decided I would like it removed, can I use pile cream to shrink it, or do I have to have it cut off? If so will I need a proper general anaesthetic or just local?
I have a skin tag near my anus: could I get it removed?
Eric Mohrman has been a freelance writer since , focusing on travel, food and lifestyle stories. His creative writing is also widely published. He lives in Orlando, Florida. Anal skin tags are non-cancerous growths of excess skin appearing near the opening of the anus. They are sometimes associated with other anorectal problems, including hemorrhoids.
A skin tag is a noncancerous growth of excess skin. Skin tags that form around the anus or rectum are called anal skin tags. Anal skin tags are typically small, measuring a few millimeters or less. They may be the same color as the skin or slightly darker.