Seborrheic Keratosis is a benign (noncancerous) skin growth that can be mistaken for warts, moles, actinic keratosis, or melanoma. Also commonly referred to as barnacles, seborrheic keratosis only appears in adults. Unlike actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis is not pre-cancerous and it is definitely not the cancerous melanoma.
Currently making the rounds on the internet are several home remedies and self-treatment options presented for dealing with seborrheic keratosis. It is important to note however, that there are circumstances under which your doctor should be consulted.
In the cases in which seborrheic keratosis has appeared rather suddenly or in great number, there may be a more serious medical condition in play. Rather that take any chances, consider seeing your doctor. Melanoma can be aggressive and potential deadly and looks identical to seborrheic keratosis, so a doctor’s consultation is extremely important. The best diagnostic measure for ensuring seborrheic keratosis is not melanoma or actinic keratosis is an examination by your doctor or dermatologist, which may or may not include a skin biopsy. A biopsy involves the use of a local anesthetic and the taking of a skin sample of your seborrheic keratosis
Once seborrheic keratosis has been confirmed the question of treatment and removal can be addressed. Unfortunately, there are no known methods of prevention of seborrheic keratosis. Believed to be hereditary; there are also theories that hormonal shifts resulting from pregnancy or estrogen therapy may acts as triggers for the development of seborrheic keratoses. This being said, while there are several ointments and creams on the market claiming to cure or remove existing seborrheic keratosis. There are none, however that have been proven to do so. Common home remedies circulated (www.ehow.com) include:
Hydrogen peroxide with a 23%-80% concentration level applied topically
30% Glycolic Acid Solution sprayed on the growths
It is worth bearing in mind that seborrheic keratosis removal is a purely cosmetic issue. All treatment options should be undertaken with careful consideration for the potential for scarring and damage to otherwise healthy skin.
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