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Skin tags on my vulva — Ask Dr Jean

Ask Dr Jean 22 Oct 2018
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When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.


Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is gynaecologist and Jean Hailes Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM

Dr Elizabeth Farrell

Question

I have a number of skin tags on my body which are harmless but can be irritating. They seem to occur more often where there is friction on my skin. I have noticed in recent years that I have a couple of these skin tags also on my vulva. I mostly notice them when going to the toilet, but they don't hurt or cause any irritation – is this something to be concerned about?

Answer

Skin tags are benign, but if they are new, please see your GP just to check them out. They may be moles, freckles or other skin lesions.