The situation is even more complex than I have made it here. There are people with elements of both type I and II diabetes, and even rarer types. I believe type I diabetics should be managed by an endocrinologist. Sophisticated blood tests, including insulin, C-peptide and insulin antibodies, occasionally are necessary to sort out what kind of diabetes is present.
Dear Dr. Roach: My husband has numerous skin tags under both arms. Now he’s starting to get them around his neck and on his eyelids. We’ve been told to tie a string around them, or a dermatologist he saw told him to get a good pair of cuticle scissors and cut them off, but there’s way too many to do that. Is there anything else we might try? — R.L.
Answer: Skin tags are benign growths that are very common on the neck, armpits, groin or other places where skin rubs. They are harmless, and nothing needs to be done about them unless they are cosmetically important. The best way to remove them is to have a dermatologist or other expert remove them directly. I don’t recommend trying to remove them yourself with scissors, since I have occasionally seen them bleed enough after removal to require a stitch.
The last time I wrote about skin tags, several readers wrote to recommend Tag Away, an over-the counter product. It may be worth a try, although the reviews about this product are rather mixed.