The occurrence of benign growths on nipples, such as FEP (also known as acrochordon, skin tag, or soft fibroma), is relatively uncommon, making them difficult to identify.
Skin tags often develop in areas where skin folds rub against each other, such as the neck, under the breasts, in the armpits, or even due to excessive eye rubbing.
Skin tags are harmless growths primarily composed of collagen, a protein present throughout the body, along with blood vessels. While skin tags themselves do not require medical attention, it is important to differentiate between a benign skin tag and a potentially harmful tumor.
Friction resulting from skin-to-skin contact or clothing is widely recognized as a major factor contributing to the formation of skin tags, including those on the nipples.
One home remedy involves applying apple cider vinegar to a cotton swab and gently applying it to the skin tag. After bandaging for 15–30 minutes, the area can be washed. Repeat this process daily for a few weeks. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar aids in deteriorating the surrounding tissue of the skin tag, causing it to eventually fall off.
Removing a skin tag at home is not recommended due to the risk of bleeding and infection. However, for small skin tags, it is possible to cut off their blood supply by tying dental floss or fine cotton thread tightly around their bases. It is important to exercise caution and seek professional medical advice if needed.