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Can Pregnancy Cause Skin Tags?

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ANSWER:
Pregnancy CAN cause skin tags. 

More Info: Pregnant women are more likely to develop skin tags due to the rapid development of their bodies and the exponential elevation in hormone levels that come with it. They can develop skin tags under their breasts, armpits, or around the neck. Skin tags that develop during pregnancy often go away within a few months after childbirth. Even though pregnancy is one of the contributing factors in the formation of skin tags, the skin growth affects both men and women equally.

What Are Skin Tags?

A skin tag is a small, benign outgrowth of skin that usually affects the neck, eyelids, armpits, upper chest, groin, or the underside of a woman’s breasts, essentially, anywhere on the body where excess friction occurs. Even though skin tags can be eyesores, they are invariably benign and are usually only affected through harmful friction through wearing clothes or jewelry, or shaving. According to the National Institute of Health, skin tags affect approximately 46% of people at some point in their adult lives.

Contributing Factors in the Formation of Skin Tags

Diabetes: Skin tags are seen more often in people with insulin resistance[vi]; however, the skin abnormalities are still benign and rarely have to be removed unless they are causing other physical problems due to their location.

Obesity: Obese people tend to acquire skin tags more often than people who are not obese. One theory is that skin tags are more likely to develop as a result of friction in the groin, armpits, neck, and eyelids.

Heredity: While pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity are all contributing factors in the development of skin tags, heredity also plays a nominal role. Studies have shown that there is an increased chance of the formation of skin tags in people whose parents have had them at some point in their lives.

Age: The older a person gets the more likely they are to develop skin tags. The risk for developing skin tags increases as you get older, with skin tags occurring more in men and women between the ages of 40 and 60.

 

Resources

Nordqvist, Christian. What Are Skin Tags? What Causes Skin Tags?  08 April, 2007.  <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/67317.php >

  1. Levine, Norman. Skin Conditions: Moles, Freckles and Skin Tags. 01 March, 2007. <http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/moles-freckles-skin-tags?page=2 >

Allai, Nilli N. Skin Tag. <http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/article.htm >

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