Except for the cosmetic appearance, these benign growths generally cause no physical pain or discomfort. However, they can cause symptoms when repeatedly irritated, for example, by the collar or in the groin.
Cosmetic skin tag removal for unsightly appearance is perhaps the most common reason they are removed. Occasionally, a tag needs to be removed. This can be due to irritation and bleeding (hemorrhage) or due to twisting and the death of skin tissue (necrosis). In both cases, the tag may become red or black.
At times, these may become snagged by clothing, jewellery, pets, or seat belts, causing pain or discomfort. Occasionally, a tag may also spontaneously fall off without any pain or discomfort. This usually occurs after a tag has twisted on itself at the stalk base, interrupting the blood flow to the area