The Difference Between a Hemorrhoid and Skin Tag

Often patients come to Amy Brenner, MD & Associates believing that their anal skin tags are hemorrhoids. This is a common misconception that is not true. Anal skin tags and hemorrhoids aren’t the same, and they aren’t treated the same way. 
Keep reading to learn the key difference between a hemorrhoid and skin tag. 

What is a hemorrhoid?

A hemorrhoid is a swollen or enlarged vein that can either be inside or outside of the anus. This swelling is typically painful, and could even cause bleeding. Hemorrhoids may stem from: 

  • Excess weight
  • Straining due to constipation 
  • Sitting on the toilet for too long
  • Anal damage
  • Or any other factor that causes pressure in area

Treatment: You can sometimes use creams and ointments to treat hemorrhoids or you may have to take more extensive measures such as getting a hemorrhoidectomy. 

What is an anal skin tag?

An anal skin tag is a small bump around the outside of the anus. In many cases they are benign, but you should always check with a doctor to know for sure. Unlike hemorrhoids, anal skin tags aren’t necessarily painful, but they can cause discomfort. 
The reason why people often confuse an anal skin tag with a hemorrhoid is because anal skin tags can come from a healed hemorrhoid. However, they may also come from other types of injuries that lead to scarring and excess skin. 
Treatment: Anal skin tag removal can come in many different forms, but one of the most effective methods is anal skin tag removal surgery

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Learn more about the difference between a hemorrhoid and skin tag with Amy Brenner, MD & Associates

Our health experts and cosmetic gynecologists are always available to clear up misconceptions about hemorrhoids and skin tags. 

For those with skin tags, we provide the best anal tag removal surgery for women of all ages. Plus, with our vast array of sexual wellness procedures, we can not only alleviate discomfort, but also boost confidence by helping you reach your goals. 

We’re here to offer a warm, friendly environment while providing the highest quality surgical procedures and aesthetic treatments to help you look great and feel great. No matter what, we will stick with you throughout your entire journey, because your goals are our goals. 

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