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Subject: skin problems
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: charmedonce-ga
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Posted: 26 Jul 2006 22:13 PDT
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Question ID: 749971
I have recently had tattoo granulomas and the nodes in my lungs and
breasts. Diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. The granulomas are now gone due
to prednisone, but just as I am winding down the prednisone I find I
have "Skin Tags" coming out, lots of them almost rash like and mostly
in my under arm area. Can this be related somehow? Is this something I
should be really concerned about?
Subject: Re: skin problems
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 27 Jul 2006 02:04 PDT
Hello Charmedonce,

     You can relax, and not worry about your skin tags. While they can
be bothersome, they are not cancerous or dangerous. Skin tags are
actually quite common in people with sarcoidosis, and are not linked
to your use of prednisone. In fact, some doctors use prednisone to
treat inflamed skin tags! Skin tags are also more prevalent in women,
heavy set people, and diabetics.

?A skin tag is a common but harmless skin growth. 
?Skin tags are frequently found on the eyelids, neck, chest, armpits, and groin. 
?Treatments include freezing, tying off with a thread or suture, or cutting off.

   ?Cutaneous tags are very common, generally benign skin growths that
occur most often after midlife. They are tiny skin protrusions, and
may have a small narrow stalk connecting the skin bump to the surface
of the skin. They are usually painless and do not grow or change,
except for occasional irritation from rubbing by clothing or other
friction. Their origin is unknown.?

   ?Skin tags pose no malignant threat in adults, but treatment is
appropriate for cosmesis or because of irritation. Simple
electrocautery or scissor excision at the base of the stalk is
sufficient. Local anesthesia usually is not necessary.26 Cryotherapy
is effective for small lesions.19 However, recurrences of skin tags
are common.18 Pathologic evaluation is unnecessary unless skin tags
are present in childhood, because they may be the initial presentation
of nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome.?

?It is not known what causes skin tags. However, the following factors
may play a role:
?	Chaffing and irritation from skin rubbing together 
?	High levels of growth factors, particularly during pregnancy or in
acrogmegaly (gigantism)
?	Insulin resistance (syndrome X) 
?	Human papilloma virus (wart virus)

   ?Cutaneous tags are very common benign skin growths that occur most
often after midlife. The tags stick out of the skin, and may have a
small narrow stalk connecting the skin bump to the surface of the
skin. Cutaneous tags are usually painless and do not grow or change.
However, they may be irritated from rubbing by clothing or other
materials. Cutaneous skin tags are more common in people who are
overweight or who have diabetes.?

?Cutaneous tags are generally benign and usually not bothersome. They
may become irritated or be cosmetically displeasing. There is usually
no regrowth or scar formation cutaneous tags are removed, although new
growths may appear elsewhere on the body.
There are usually no complications. Occasionally, irritation and
discomfort may occur. The skin tags may be cosmetically unsightly.?

   ?Sarcoidosis - Erythema nodosum is the most frequent skin
presentation of the granulomatous disease Sarcoidosis. It also
presents with infiltration of papules and nodules commonly seen as
smooth, dark brown/violaceous lesions arranged in an annular pattern.
Infiltration of an old scar is characteristic so that it becomes
brightly purple coloured. Lupus pernio is a slowly developing form
that spreads into large areas of plaque on the chin and nose.?

This sarcoidosis patient forum has several members who have developed skin tags:

   ?Sarcoidosis manifests in a wide variety of skin lesions. You can
find links to photos of cutaneous sarcoidosis on this SarcInfo thread.
Here is a photo of sarc lesions around the eye.

Some of the types of skin lesions encountered in sarcoidosis, and the
other diseases these resemble are:
Papules (little bumps) resembling
Granulomatous rosacea
Benign appendageal tumors

Plaques resembling
Lichen planus
Nummular eczema
Discoid lupus
Granuloma annulare
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
Kaposi's sarcoma
Secondary syphilis

I hope this has helped you out. I would still have your doctor check
your skin tags, to be sure that?s what they are. S/he can remove them
for you, if possible.

If any part of my answer is unclear, please request an Answer
Clarification, and allow me to respond, before you rate this answer.

Sincerely, Crabcakes

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