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.