Skin tags - unsightly but not dangerous

Skin tags - unsightly but not dangerous

Fibromas, more commonly referred to as skin tags, often occur under the armpits or around the groin. This health tip explains what these unsightly tags are and how you can get rid of them.
People normally become aware of skin tags while taking care of their personal hygiene. They are easily found, especially under the armpits. Many people find skin tags ugly and want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

What are fibromas?

fibromasThey are small, soft skin appendages that grow to a few millimetres in size. Why they appear is not definitively known. They are usually found in wrinkled skin areas such as the neck, armpits or groin area. However, these unsightly tags can also appear on the buttocks, eyelids or, in women, under the breasts.


From a medical point of view, fibromas don't have to be removed because they are not contagious or dangerous in any way. However, in some locations - the neck for example - it can make sense to have them removed. You should refrain from removing them using home remedies (e.g. apple cider vinegar). In fact, there are several methods that doctors can use to rid a patient of unwanted tags:

  • Surgical removal (ablation) under correct, sterile conditions. The treated area is then covered with a sterile dressing.
  • Removal with a laser.
  • Burning using electric current.


You've discovered an annoying skin tag under your armpit and now you don't know what to do. Treat it yourself using a home remedy, just cut it off, or maybe see a doctor? The BENECURA app from SWICA supports you when you feel unwell or become ill. SWICA customers can use the SymptomCheck feature of the BENECURA app, which was developed by doctors, to obtain information easily, quickly and reliably and immediately receive a personal recommendation about what to do next.
In the event of further health-related questions, SWICA customers can contact the santé24 telemedicine service free of charge on +41 44 404 86 86. A telemedicine practice licence allows santé24 physicians to provide additional medical services in cases that are suited to a telemedicine approach. SWICA customers can also use the BENECURA medical app to carry out a digital SymptomCheck and receive recommendations about what to do next. During a subsequent phone call with santé24, customers can decide for themselves whether to release their information from SymptomCheck to santé24.