What Is Seborrheic Keratosis?
Seborrheic keratosis are a common skin growths that appear in adulthood. Most often seborrheic keratoses start as small, rough bumps. Then slowly they thicken and get a warty surface. They range in color from white to black. Most are tan or brown, and they are benign.
Signs & Symptoms: Seborrheic keratoses usually appear as slightly raised, light brown spots and evolve into darker, thicker lesions with rough, warty surfaces. If the growths become unsightly, itch, or become irritated from rubbing against clothing, they can be removed.
Prevention: Seborrheic keratoses tend to run in families, and there is no real prevention. They are not caused by sun damage, so they may be typically found on areas both covered and uncovered by clothing. Because of their appearance, seborrheic keratoses can be confused with other skin growths, such as warts, moles, pre-cancer actinic keratoses (AK), or melanoma. See your doctor if you have concerns about the growths.
Treatment options: Seborrheic keratoses are generally harmless, and there are not many treatments beyond removing them. Removal methods include cryotherapy, shave biopsy, laser surgery, and curettage and desiccation (C&D).
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