Seborrheic Keratosis

Symptoms:

Small raised warts

Yellow brown warts

Papules

Yellow-Brown papules

Areas of excessive skin pigmentation

Warts that produce Sebum

Raised skin growths

Thick skin growths

Discoloured skin growths

Greasy skin growths

Itchy skin growths

Light tan to black

Edges not attached to skin surface

Looks like a blob of wax or clay

Treatment:

Cryotherapy or freezing

Laser

Surgery

Curretage

Cautery

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Called by others as basal cell papilloma, brown warts, senile warts, barnacles, seborrheic verruca, seborrheic warts, or senile keratosis, seborrheic keratosis is an irregular skin condition. This skin condition mostly affects individuals who are advancing in age, but is usually benign.

The skin growths caused by seborrheic keratosis vary in color. Colors often range from light tan to black. Round or oval-shaped, these skin growths also differ in shape. If you touch them, they will feel slightly elevated, like a wound’s scab. The lesions caused by seborrheic keratosis may look like warts and are usually small. However, seborrheic keratosis is not viral in origin.   The lesions may have some cysts implanted into them. Due to the resemblance of the lesions of seborrheic keratosis to those of melanoma skin cancer, a skin biopsy should be done to be on the cautious side.

Oftentimes, treatment of seborrheic keratosis is not at all that needed. Studies have revealed that seborrheic keratosis is commonly benign. Localized infection of a lesion due to scratching involves very little risk. For unbearable itching, lesions must be removed through cryosurgery. Lesions like this can be irritated because of the clothing a patient wears or even their jewelry.

Lesions that are smaller in size, on the other hand, might need light electrocautery. If the lesions are much bigger and more obstinate, more serious techniques must be used. Electrodessication and curettage, as well as cryotherapy may be employed for this purpose.

Still another technique of seborrheic keratosis treatment is the use of liquid nitrogen. Using the substance, a seborrheic keratosis can be frozen. However, using liquid nitrogen might cause scarring to happen. Unless your skin is prone to developing keloids, the scar you will get will commonly be just flat. You may also shave off the lesions as another alternative technique. You can make use of a flexible razor blade to do this job. Such a blade might be effectively employed to eliminate the lesions without damaging the skin in any process.

As for the cause of seborrheic keratosis, the reasons are actually still unclear. Due to the fact that most affected parts by seborrheic keratosis are exposed to the sun the most often, ultraviolet light has been seen as one possible cause. Seborrheic keratosis has been known to show up the arms, face, back, as well as neck the most often. Still one more potential cause of seborrheic keratoses is genetics. Whatever its cause, seborrheic keratosis is something one should not be too worried about.