Hemorrhoidal Skin Tags

Hemorrhoidal anal skin tags are small folds or flaps of skin that may have the same color as the rest of your skin or lighter. These are typically painless, smooth, soft tissues felt on the outside of the anus. They’re generally round in shape and often don’t get larger than a fingernail.

Common Causes and Symptoms

Hemorrhoidal anal skin tags are most commonly caused by stretched-out skin from a previous swollen hemorrhoid. The hemorrhoid stretches the outside skin around the rectum, then even as it shrinks away, it leaves the stretched-out skin and forms a dangly skin tag.

Anal skin tags are very common after childbirth. During pregnancy, there is an increased venous pressure on the rectum and hemorrhoids can often develop and engorge. After delivering the baby, it’s usually okay but it’s not uncommon for them to leave some stretched out skin that eventually becomes a skin tag.

Although they are not a disease, they can be an inconvenience and a nuisance in everyday life. Sometimes they get irritated or raw and this can cause them to be a little sore or itchy. The biggest complaint of anal skin tags, is that they can create a hygiene problem because they often make it difficult to properly clean the area.

Treating Hemorrhoidal Skin Tags

Many people aren’t aware that these procedures are so easily done, and they opt to live with them instead of seeking treatment. Dr. Mitchell, Hemorrhoid Specialist at Premier Surgical, wants you to know that you don’t have to live with the nuisance of anal skin tags.

They can typically be resolved in the office with a minor procedure that takes less than five minutes to do and require little-to-no downtime. Most anal skin tags are attached to a small internal hemorrhoid that can be eliminated with a small laser that exposes the area to short bursts of warm light, causing it to shrink and recede.

For more information about Premier Surgical’s Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, visit our webpage. If you’re tired of living with the inconvenience of hemorrhoids and their side effects, request an appointment today or call 865-588-9952.