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Skin tags are something nobody likes: they're unattractive, they're a hindrance during specific physical activities, and they require special care if damaging them is to be avoided. Hence, one needs to be aware of potential causes of skin tags. They're comparable to moles and quite harmless. However, a skin tag is something you can get rid of yourself. Though themselves innocuous, skin tags mostly appear as consequence of an illness or medical condition.

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1. Human Papillomavirus Infection

One of the most widespread STDs, also known as HPV, is the most common cause of skin tags. Out of 100% of test subjects that had the STD, 70% also had skin tags. The disease is practically unstoppable due to its extremely low detection rate. A person can go for a whole decade without any of the symptoms showing up before they start to notice changes in their health. Also, a medical check-up won't necessarily help you, as many of the HPV symptoms can be attributed to something else. It's best to ask to be tested specifically for HPV during regular STI testing sessions. Skin tags, on the other hand, are enough of a reason for your doctor to suspect the involvement of HPV.

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