So after reading all these posts I decided to try tying off my skin tag at home. and it was a SUCCESS!!! But I thought I would share my process. So for the past few years I always knew something was...there. Never truly thought much of it until my loving boyfriend nicely told me he saw something and wanted to make sure I knew and have a doctor look at it. When I did ask my gyno what it was she said hemorrhoid and I started using prep H which did nothing. So a while later I finally asked my mom to look at it (yeah it was weird but she got up close and personal with it and said it was a skin tag just on the outside of my anus). So we started the process. Mine was the size of a bean before we started. We used dental floss and tied it around the base. It hurt, but honestly wasn't as bad as some had described. The next two days it got a little bigger but stayed red and puffy. Two day's later we tied another one (this one didn't hurt and I don't think we got it any tighter then the first. Three days later still no change, just red and puffy. So we tied it again. I could tell it was tighter and a few hours later it started turning purple but then nothing more for another few days. Finally after week I was frustrated. So I got some orajel, applied it, waited for 20 minutes, and told my mom to tie it as tight as she could. OH MY GOD I should have got the orajel sooner, it was amazing how numb it made it, not totally but soooo much better. A few hours later it had turned completely white!! And the next day it shriveled up to barely anything and was deep purple. We waited two days then orageled again and snipped it right off. no blood, no nothing.
Now I know people warn about infections and such because it is a "dirty" area. I had my mom check it once if not twice a day. I also cleaned it a bunch throughout. And after every BM I bathed then cleaned with alcohol. I do have what others described as a "crater" but I just snipped it yesterday so I hope that just goes away after a few weeks. For me, I always used dental floss and always just tied a new one over the old. The floss did cut my skin a little which was the cause of some of my pain, but I wasn't worried because I cleaned it so much. My advise to anyone wanting to do this is find someone to help. I would never have done it alone, and felt so much better having someone check to make sure there wasn't an infection coming in. ALSO ORAGEL!!