Specialist expertise: Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, General Surgery, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Disease, Colonoscopy, Groin Hernias, Hernia Repair, Abdominal Wall Hernias, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Anal Fistula, Anal fissure, Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Gallstones, Diverticular Disease, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Changes in Bowel Habit, Rectal Bleeding, Haemorrhoids, Rectal Prolapse, Pilonidal Disease.
Both conditions are felt externally as a lump around the anus by the patient and it can be difficult for patients and non-specialist doctors to tell the difference.
Skin tags are floppy pieces of skin originating externally. They do not prolapse outside from within and cannot be pushed back inside like prolapsing haemorrhoids. They can be solitary or multiple, and can be a consequence of:
- Long-standing haemorrhoids
- Chronic anal fissure (“sentinel tag”)
- Previous surgery to the anus
- Chronic inflammation of perianal skin (Crohn’s disease or dermatological conditions)
- Previous pregnancies/deliveries
- Human Papilloma Virus (genital warts)
- Age related
Symptoms from anal tags can include:
- Intermittent swelling and discomfort
- Blood on wiping
- Hygiene issues