Treating Seborrheic Keratosis

August 28, 2011

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Seborrheic keratosis is a type of keratosis that is characterized by growths which range from black to light tan in nature. The growths can therefore be of your skin color or somewhat darker or lighter. This skin condition gets more common as you age. Growths of seborrheic keratosis can either be raised or flat or round or even oval. Most times people confuse this type of keratosis with melanoma and therefore, you need to be sure so that you will be on the safe side.

 

There are several ways of treating seborrheic keratosis. You can decide to undergo cryotherapy. This type of treatment is normally done at the hospital and involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze the lesions. This normally works at thin lesions and not thick ones.

 

Another way of treating seborrheic keratosis is by surgical excision. In this treatment method, the doctor will inject you with a local anesthetic and use a scalpel to remove the growth. Another way of treating seborrheic keratosis that is similar to surgical excision is curettage. This is a treatment method whereby a doctor will remove the growths with a spoon-shaped instrument but this is never effective when used alone. This method needs a back up method when treating seborrheic keratosis. The back up is electrocautery. In this method, electrical charge is used to burn off the growths. A charge of low voltage is sent to a needle tip and then used to burn the growth.  Laser beams can also be used in treating seborrheic keratosis. Lasers are simply light of very high intensity. This method is very effective but very expensive too.

 

Lemon sugar scrub is a 100% method of treating seborrheic keratosis. This method is very affordable and effective. Other advantages are that it leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft.

 

Home methods like glycolic acid can be used when treating seborrheic keratosis. It is best used at 30% concentration and is put in a spray bottle where you can now spray the acid on the affect parts.

 

Hydrogen peroxide is used in the growths in a concentration of about 20-40%. This is used in solution form and it is best used according to how your dermatologist has stated.

 

In conclusion, before you decide on how you are will be treating seborrheic keratosis, please check with your dermatologist who will check on skin compatibility. It is very dangerous to use treatments that will bring more complication.

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