Concerned About Anal Skin Tags? Find Answers Here!

Concerned About Anal Skin Tags? Find Answers Here!
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've recently noticed something concerning when touching the lower side of my anus. There seems to be an extra skin-like growth, which appears white in color. While it's not painful to touch, I've been experiencing some itching, and it seems to be gradually increasing in size. Could you please advise on what this might be?


Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Thank you for providing such a detailed description of your symptoms. Based on your description, it sounds like you may be dealing with a common condition known as an anal skin tag. These are generally harmless growths of excess skin in the anal area. While they may not cause significant pain, they can indeed lead to discomfort or itching, as you've experienced. However, it's essential to approach this issue with caution and seek further evaluation to rule out any other potential conditions. The fact that you've noticed the growth increasing in size is a matter of concern that warrants a thorough examination. I strongly recommend scheduling an appointment for a physical examination at your earliest convenience. During the examination, we can assess the situation more comprehensively and determine the appropriate course of action. In the meantime, I advise maintaining good hygiene practices by keeping the area clean and dry to alleviate any potential irritation. Additionally, over-the-counter creams or ointments may offer some relief from the itching.

 Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any further concerns or questions. Your health and well-being are my top priorities.



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