Let’s talk about Seborrheic Keratosis

What is it Seborrheic Keratosis?

Seborrheic Keratosis it is the presence of  benign wart on the skin surface (seborrheic verruca wart senile). It is a benign tumor originating in the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin. It often occurs because the vast majority of the population at some time in life, with no danger. Its removal is usually done for cosmetic reasons.

Causes  and symptoms of seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis is a benign form of skin tumor. Its origin is unknown and usually appears after you get older than 40. His appearance has not been associated with sun exposure, or any other external factor but there are still people and doctors that belive that sun can be a factor that can lead to seborrheic keratosis. They are usually benign and painless, but may become irritated and itchy, plus cosmetic disfigurement and subsequent psychological distress.

Symptoms of seborrheic keratoses are skin growths that:

  •     They are located on the face, chest, shoulders, back, or other areas.
  •     They are yellow, brown, black or other colors.
  •     They have a slightly elevated, flat surface.
  •     They may have a rough or wart texture.
  •     Often may have waxy surface.
  •     Have a round or oval.
  •     They may have the appearance of being “stuck”
  •     May be unique, but they tend to appear as multiple masses.
Diagnosis and treatment of seborrheic keratosis

In principle, it is usually sufficient clinical diagnosis, as the appearance is very characteristic. But you can also use a skin lesion biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

While the masses are not irritated or aesthetically unpleasant, treatment is not necessary. If required, the masses can be removed by surgery, laser or cryotherapy (freezing).

Seborrheic keratoses are benign and usually painless. Remove the masses involves a very simple procedure that leaves no scars. Usually do not reappear, but people can develop new growth likely such thereafter.


3 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Seborrheic Keratosis

    • No, seborrheic keratosis aren’t a sign of cancer. In fact, seborrheic keratosis doesn’t anything to do with skin cancer BUT they can have a very similar look.

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