What Makes A Skin Tag Bleed?
There are several different ways that a skin tag may start bleeding:
- A skin tag gets caught on something
- There is too much friction on the skin tag
- The skin tag gets cut or removed unsafely
Skin tags can bleed continuously because they are made out of tiny blood vessels covered in skin. It can be a bit shocking how much a skin tag can bleed because it is typically so small. The reason is, it is filled with little blood vessels that lead to bigger blood vessels. It is very rare for a skin tag to bleed on its own with no apparent cause and, therefore, should be examined by a doctor if that happens. A bleeding skin tag can also be a painful skin tag.
Cutting Off A Skin Tag With Scissors
It is against all medical advice to cut off a skin tag yourself, and can seriously harm you as well as open up the risk for infection. Most skin tags will bleed a little bit if they get caught on something or endure friction, but the bleeding will most likely not be very severe and can typically have pressure applied for a short amount of time to stop the bleeding.
The most common reason for a skin tag to bleed excessively is because someone decided to cut or pull the skin tag off themselves. While nobody should ever cut off their skin tag, or pull it off, sometimes people make mistakes. If it is too late to take medical advice, there are ways to stop the excessive bleeding.
How To Stop A Skin Tag From Bleeding
If your skin tag starts bleeding, you should:
- Stop the bleeding
- Apply antibiotic ointment
- Cover the wound to protect it from infection
Treating A Bleeding Skin Tag
For any minor bleed, take a cotton ball and hold it on the area for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it stops bleeding. Make sure to clean the area properly when you finish and apply an antibiotic ointment. It is crucial to cover the area with a bandage to avoid infection.
If the blood seeps through the cotton ball, or you have to use multiple cotton balls for longer than 15 minutes, treat the bleed as if it is a major bleed. Switch to using a towel instead of a cotton ball.
Use A Towel For Major Bleeding
While applying pressure, put ice in a zip lock bag and wrap it with a smaller towel. Replace the towel you were using with the smaller towel that is holding the ice. Cold will constrict arteries causing the bleeding to slow down or stop and will also help with the pain associated with the bleeding area. Once the bleeding stops, apply an antibiotic ointment and make sure to cover the area with a bandage.
What To Do After 30 Minutes
If the bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes, keep applying pressure with the towel. Also, you really should go to the hospital. Do not remove the towel as blood will gush everywhere. You need to continue applying pressure, so you don’t lose too much blood. It is likely that you cut deeper than just the skin tag and may need stitches to close the hole and seal the source of the blood. You should also see a doctor if your skin tag begins bleeding for no apparent reason as that can be a sign of more serious problems, or that the skin tag is not a skin tag.