Anal Skin Tag Symptoms

Anal skin tags often present as a series of tiny bumps or raised lumps in or around the anus. They can appear as a single skin tag but are more commonly found in multiples.
Though anal skin tags are not typically a source of pain, they are often itchy and uncomfortable and may lead to soiling clothing issues.

In many cases, patients may not be aware of their anal skin tags until they have grown to a substantial size. To help ensure optimal health, we recommend regular colon and rectal screening to identify and remove any polyps.

The most commonly seen symptoms associated with anal skin tags or colorectal polyps are as follows:

  • Bloody stool
  • Mucusy discharge
  • Increased or decreased bowel movements
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain

What Causes Anal Skin Tags?

Anal skin stretches during elimination to permit stool to pass through the body. When a patient suffers from hemorrhoids, the stretching process is further exacerbated through pressure on the blood vessels surrounding the anus. As hemorrhoid retracts, a skin tag remains behind in its place.

Certain conditions can make some people more prone to developing anal skin tags. There are as follows:

  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy lifting
  • Anal straining fromconstipation
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pregnancy
  • Inflammation of the anus or rectum
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Blood clots

Our Treatment

The team of medical professionals at Vancouver’s N.A. Hemorrhoid Centre utilizes two different approaches to help eliminate anal skin tags. These include:

Guoyi Proctology Therapy

NATCM’s Bazhisan herbal ointment treatment is an effective means to help patients suffering from anal skin tags. When used in conjunction with naturopathic protocols, patients receive the following benefits:

  1. Relief from any pain
  2. Cessation of any bleeding or discharge
  3. Appropriate clotting of wounds
  4. Growth of new tissue
  5. Detoxification of veins to promote optimal blood flow
  6. Hemorrhoid death
Microsurgery & Naturopathic Treatment

For patients with colorectal polyps or anal skin tags, microsurgery may be necessary. Though most anal skin tags are non-cancerous, it is not worth the risk or discomfort of allowing them to reside in the body. All polyps or skin tags should be removed and sent away for pathology to determine if they are benign or malignant.

Large polyps or anal skin tags often require several treatments or even surgery to remove altogether. Once having anal skin tags or polyps are removed, regular checkups and future testing will be necessary for up to five years post-surgery. Checkups are recommended as up to 30 percent of all patients see a reoccurrence of polyps following their removal. In some cases, medication is required immediately after the procedure, and appropriate after-care will be necessary to prevent infection from occurring.


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