Using dental floss is an aged old method of removing skin tags. This method is usually safe and effective. If you want to know how to remove your skin tags using a dental floss, please watch this video here.
While taking any Do it Yourself route to solving a health problem, utmost care must be taken. It is irrelevant whether it is a minor or major issue. All possible precautionary measures must be done before embarking on any self treatment.
One of the most effective ways to get rid of the ugly fleshy bits on the skin is the use of dental floss. People in the old days used to use hair from the horse neck. It is believed that hair from the horse neck is sharper and penetrates deep enough to cut the blood supply to tags.
These days, we have dental floss strings or cotton threads available, there is no need to use the horse hair. Before you tie your skin tags, it is important to keep the following five things in your mind.
1. Make sure the dental floss is clean
The dental floss penetrates enough to block the blood supply. It is very important that the floss is clean and free from any germs or bacteria. Use sterilizing solution and gloves to ensure it is perfectly clean.
2. Make sure that it is tight enough
Some people tie the string loose. This does not disconnect the blood flow into the tag. You must tighten it enough that it stops the flow of blood to the tag. Do not tighten it too much. Too much tightening cause bleeding and make it sore and painful. While tying the tag, make a loop so that you can untie it if required.
3. Get ready for the Pain
Using the dental floss method is not pain free. Once it starts penetrating you might find it sore and painful. You may put some ice cube over it which numbs the area around and relieves pain. If the pain is too much and the ice cubes do not work, take some over the counter pain killers.
4. Regularly Check and Clean
A good idea is to cover it with a duct tap or any other plaster to keep it clean. Covering also ensures that it does not come in contact with clothes, jewelry etc. Regularly check for an signs of infection. It should fall within 5 to 7 days. If it does not change the color and does not show any signs of coming off, you might need to give it another try.
5. Try pain Free Alternatives
If you freak out or chickened out like me, then there are some pain free alternatives too. Although, these options are not free, but if you are not satisfied, you can get your money back. You will not have to worry about pains, bleeding and infections etc. For more information, check out this page.