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I would be happy to look at a picture of his skin tags.
This is probably a combination of diabetes ( there seems to be a link) and genetics.
Treatment still consists of either cautery of the base with an electric needle, freezing or snipping. There seem to be a lot of treatments out there for this but judging by the problems brought up on this site they are not always successful.
To prevent these I would recommend a cream to keep the area lubricated. There is a some evidence that AmLactin Cream might be the best in preventing these.
Avoid jewelry like necklaces too.
There was a paper that showed 70% of skin tags do have viral part to them, HPV 6 and 11, so your dermatologist is correct.
You could ask your doctor to prescribe Aldara cream which will up regulate immunity to the virus. I would also recommend he take Zinc Gluconate 30 mg. a day and Vitamin C 500 mg. twice a day which will also stimulate his immune system.
Vitamin C or Zinc no. Aldara cream, I am not aware of anything like that. He would just put it on the skin tag.
No. All those would stimulate his immune system. The moisturizer will decrease the friction co-efficient and make them less likely to come up. The only consistent and safe methods of removal are what I mentioned; cautery, freezing or snipping.
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Thank you. ( I would really try the Aldara cream)/