SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS

SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS is a common condition where growths known as lesions or warts appear on the skin, usually without needing treatment. If they cause irritation or clothing snags, however, doctors can use minor surgery, laser therapy or freezing to get rid of them; alternatively they can shave them off, known as “shave excision”, with this method sending a sample off for analysis in a laboratory.

Scaly, wart-like or waxy growths resembling small horns or cysts often appear on the abdomen, back, or arms of middle-aged and older adults and can range in color from light tan or brown to white, black, yellow or gray – typically light-tan or brown in hue but sometimes other hues too – predominantly appearing light tan to brown in tone but sometimes also appearing white, black yellow or gray in tone. They typically occur on these areas but may also appear white black yellow or gray in hue – usually flat or raised with rough surfaces – these growths may appear flat or raised and often have rough surfaces though smooth surfaces can also exist – pencil eraser-sized pencil eraser-sized pencil eraser-sized quarter sized spots can cluster together; some people may only have one or a few spots while others could potentially have hundreds of these spots clustered together on different body parts of these adults than others!

These benign growths on the top layer of skin are not cancerous; they’re caused by keratin protein found in fingernails and hooves. Over time they form slowly over time; some may itch but most don’t hurt; rubbing clothing against them could irritate and even bleed the surface layer of your skin.

If you discover new, suspicious growths on your body, make an appointment with a healthcare provider immediately. They can examine them to see if they are seborrheic keratoses and, if so, will recommend one or more of the following treatments to eradicate them which they can perform at their office or clinic:

Freezing (cryosurgery) involves using super-cold liquid nitrogen to freeze away growths. This may require multiple treatments. A shave excision involves using a tool known as a curette to scrape off growths – often in combination with freezing or burning treatments. Electrodesiccation/curettage: After numbing the skin, your doctor may use targeted electric current to burn away seborrheic keratoses before using a surgical curette to shave remaining skin cells.

Healthcare providers should examine any new growths to make sure they’re not cancerous, since many forms of skin growths can look very similar. If there’s any doubt, your provider might perform a biopsy and remove the growth using a scalpel or similar sharp instrument; they might apply a bandage afterward as protection against clothing rub or bleeding; you should change this regularly; additionally, clean the area twice daily with soap and water or as advised by your physician.