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.
Seborrheic keratosis is a benign tumor that never become cancer. Actually the most danger is that it is very annoying. Seborrheic keratosis tumors come in different shapes and sizes, from large black spots faint dots.
Characteristics of seborrheic keratoses
The wicked witch with a wart on the nose probably had a seborrheic keratosis. How can you tell if that bump on the face or chest is actually a seborrheic keratosis? Conditions for seborrheic keratoses have some specific features:
- They look to be “glued” to the skin. Are classically described a drop of clay or mud stuck on the skin. The edge of the seborrheic keratosis is not connected to the underlying skin so it looks like it could be removed with a fingernail.
- Warty surface – Seborrheic keratoses may seem. As some of its development can have very rough surface with a deep fissures that looks like a cauliflower.
- Smooth pearly – some seborrheic keratoses are not rough. On the contrary, are smooth, with small bumps somewhat darker than the surrounding tissue.
- Itching – some seborrheic keratoses tend to bite especially with advancing age. Some people try to “remove” a seborrheic keratosis and unwittingly make it even more irritated. If irritated enough, the skin around the lump may redden and seborrheic keratoses can bleed. In this case you should alarm you and make an appointment with a doctor immediately.
What treatment has seborrheic keratoses?
The first and usually the best option is to leave it alone. You can get bigger, but still not a precancerous training, so you can keep your skin in a lifetime without a major problem. If the spots are removed, it is usually because they bite, they interfere with clothing or jewelry, or that are aesthetically unacceptable.
Removal of seborrheic keratosis
If you decide to remove a seborrheic keratosis, there are several ways to do it:
- Liquid nitrogen. A small seborrheic keratosis may be frozen with liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen is intended to freeze and destroy the cells of seborrheic keratoses, leaving the connective tissue intact. After the operation is a scab. When it falls off after several days, the skin underneath will have already begun to repair itself. Removal with liquid nitrogen can leave a scar on the skin. The scar is generally flat, at least you have a tendency to form keloids.
- Curettage. Another way to remove seborrheic keratoses is amputated. After the operation is usually applied a chemical agent such as aluminum chloride or silver nitrate to stop bleeding. Silver nitrate is a dark brown color and can stain the wound. This color usually disappears after repair of the skin, but in some cases may remain pigmentation. For this reason, the silver nitrate is not used in the face.
Sometimes, seborrheic keratosis can be very difficult to distinguish from melanoma: irregular edges and color variation in its surface. You should not hesitate to consult your doctor about any rash or bumps that concern you.
Clinically known to be seborrheic or seborrheic Keratoses, these are nothing but spots that are developed in one’s body due to old age. Another very common name for this disease is senile warts and to be specifically correct senile warts are harmless skin lesions developed in an individual’s body during adult age. Some other names for this disease include basal cell papillomas and brown warts.
To begin with, we must look at the symptoms of seborrhoeic Keratoses or senile warts as it is generally known. These spots first appear in a person body like tanned skin but the difference is that they appear in light spots. Initially, they are flattened but over time the color of these spots darken and a brown more thick skin overtone is developed. Furthermore, there is no physical feeling to the individual of senile warts. They are predominantly dead skin and the part covering the body is usually not noticeable of any pain. In some cases, the senile warts develop a pinkish texture while more commonly it is either dark brown or black in color. All in all, one must know no matter what the color is senile warts are completely harmless.
The cause of senile warts is not accurately known to man up till now, but it is a general clinical perception that senile warts are the direct consequences of aging. Since they are predominantly harmless, senile warts are usually degenerative in nature but some argue that prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light may accelerate the generation of senile warts in an individual.
The remedies of senile warts can be put into three main categories, the first and the most common way of removing senile warts is through laser therapy. This is more of a permanent fix to developing senile warts and since the success rate and dangers of the procedure are both minimum therefore, more and more people are opting to go for the laser therapy to reduce senile warts.
Cyrotherapy and Curettage are the other two common methods to reduce warts. In cyrotherapy, the patient is kept under a series of varying temperatures usually cold temperature and this helps in reducing the senile warts present in the individual’s body. It is however a very slow process, just like physiotherapy, and it takes a while to get the warts to disappear from the body.
Curettage is another very effective way to diminish senile warts and in the previous two decades this method was the most popular one of the three. With laser therapy coming into thescene people are moving away from Curettage and opting for laser treatment. In Curettage the tissues from the upper skin of body is removed and consequently the senile wart present are also diminished. Similarly this is done all over the body until the senile warts are reduced entirely but the problem is that with curettage and cyrotherapy senile warts do not tend to be reduced permanently and there is chance or reappearance as well.