Seborrheic keratosis is non-cancerous growth on the skin and it appears to be pale, black or brown in color. It usually occurs on face, chest, shoulders or back. This skin condition is also known as basal cell papilloma or seborrheic warts.
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Seborrheic keratoses (plural to keratosis) usually occur on middle-aged people or above. Some people may develop one keratosis, but to have several keratoses on the body is also considered normal – as it’s harmless and not contagious.
Reportedly, thirty percent of people develop at least one by the age of 40 years. Seborrheic keratosis may affect over 75 percent of people by the time they turn 70-year-old.
Seborrheic keratosis is a common pigmented type of skin patch. It appears like a wart, mole or skin cancer. The appearance of these warts is somewhat waxy and remains stuck onto the skin.
They are not painful but may itch or irritate your skin. Four things you need to consider when diagnosing seborrheic keratosis:
- Location – Most commonly these grow on scalp, chest, should, abdomen, or back. These are never found on soles of the feet or palms of your hands.
- Shape – These are small round and oval-shaped lesions.
- Texture: The lesions actually start as small bumps and eventually grow thicker and develop into wart-like substance.
- Color: Mostly these are brown in color, but in some cases, they may appear to be yellow, black, or white.
These lesions are rarely painful, however, these are annoying depending on which body part they are present. Don’t pick or scratch them to avoid infection or bleeding/swelling.
When to visit a doctor
You need to seek a medical help, when
- a large number of growths occur in a short time span
- Growths don’t seem to heal
- the growths are irritated by clothes
- if the growths are of unusual color such as reddish-black, purple or blue
In order to diagnose seborrheic keratosis, a physician will go for visual and physical examination. The lesions can be solitary or in groups – found on the scalp, under breasts or groin area.
The doctor may suggest you removing the growth if:
- Patient wants to get rid of it
- It’s not distinguishable from skin cancer
How to remove seborrheic keratosis:
Following are the ways seborrheic keratosis can be removed.
A liquid nitrogen is applied on to the growth with the help of a cotton swab or a spray gun. The lesion further freezes or falls off within a few days soon after this treatment. You may see a blister even after the removal of the growth, but this will eventually dry out.
Electrocautery, curettage, or both
Electrocautery, also known as electrosurgery, is a method in which the growth is burned using an electric current. Local anesthesia is given before this treatment. On the other hand, in curettage, a scoop-shaped surgical instrument called curette is used to scrape off the burnt growth.
This is another method to remove the growth. In this method, the growth is removed by vaporizing it with a laser.
Well, there is no proven home remedy to treat the growth, but you can use the given formula to try removing it at home. You need to take lemon juice or vinegar and apply either of them on the lesion. It will eventually dry out the lesion, however, there is no evidence to prove whether it’s effective or not. But this method will surely not have any side effects on your body, so you may try it out.