ZocdocAnswersCan skin tags appear around the eyes?

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Can skin tags appear around the eyes?

My girlfriend has this bump above one of her eyes that for a while I thought was a mole or sty or something, but she's now saying she thinks it's a skin tag. Is it even possible to get skin tags around your eyes? If so does that mean it's going to be there for good?

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Skin tags are one of the most common skin conditions. Fortunately they are not serious problem. The doctors who will be able to discuss this condition with you include your primary care doctor or your dermatologist. Skin tags, or acrochorda, are small fleshy outgrowths of skin that are totally benign. They are usually soft, flexible, and attached at a narrower base. They are not related to any infection. In fact, why skin tags arise is not clear. It is thought that they may be related to friction between two skin surfaces. They are most commonly found in the groin, armpits, neck, and around the eyes. There is no need to treat skin tags unless they are unsightly of if they become uncomfortable or rub against clothing or bleed. In these cases, you can talk to your doctor who may recommend removal by freezing, cautery, or several other methods. It is best not to attempt removal yourself as this could lead to higher rates of infection. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular condition will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Scheduling an office visit with your primary care doctor or your dermatologist might be indicated.

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