Octobergirl, I have Crohn's Colitis and have perianal skin tags (if you asked me to say that out loud I would cry). I have had them for years (since I was a teenager at least) and doctors
always told me they were hemorrhoids. When I had my last flare they became very irritated and swollen, I had an anal fissure and an abcess, which I eventually needed surgery to have drained. My colorectal surgeon was the kindest, sweetest dr you can imagine, but was only about
5 years older than me and super cute, so you can imagine how fun those office visits were. :) My fissure was so bad and so painful (THIS is tmi to the max) I would have to have a bowel movement in a sitz bath filled with water because it was like broken glass coming out.
I wanted to get my skin tag removed - I wanted to have every trace of my Crohn's erased as soon as I got better and did not want something as "different" as a skin tag. ***HOWEVER***from what my GI drs have told me and from what I have read, if you have them removed you take the chance that 1) the area will not heal well and you will need additional surgeries and create ten-fold problems for yourself or 2) they can come back as more than one, like 5 of them. This reads like a bad movie script
! :) Bottom line to me, vanity is not worth the price. The area will ALWAYS be sore and inflamed when you are having a flare. I know the level of pain and it is horrific, but if you are even considering this get about
5 different medical opinions.
Good luck to you!! If you don't mind my asking, how old are you and when were you diagnosed?