Seborrheic means greasy and Keratosis means the thickening of the skin. Seborrheic Keratosis is a skin infection that is characterized by growths on the body which start with a light tan and may darken or turn to dark brown. They can be oval or round in shape and they measure a fraction of an inch across but may grow to sizes of around 2.5 centimeters in diameter. They are often compared to brown candle wax that has been dropped on the skin and are unsightly if they are especially on the face. They normally occur at the trunk, face, head, chest, forearms and the neck regions of middle aged and old people. A different type of Seborrheic Keratosis may grow in the liver or age spots.
The growths cannot spread and they are not contagious. They have no relationship with cancer and they never turn to cancerous growths. They should not be confused with warts because they got no viral origin. The only thing is that when the growths turn black, it may be difficult to distinguish them from skin cancer and other skin infections hence a medical biopsy becomes necessary to distinguish. The infection is hereditary and is not caused by skin’s exposure to sunlight but they may erupt during pregnancy due to hormone replacement therapy or as a result of other medical problems.
Clothing rubbing against the growths can irritate them and make them grow. Scratching the growths is not advisable because this could result in infections. If they get itchy bleed or get irritated you could have them removed. However the growths are normally painless and may require no treatment but you may prefer having them removed if they are irritated by the clothing or for cosmetic reasons like your own body beauty.
Because the keratosis is superficial, their removal should not result in many scars. The treatment can be made painless through the use of local anesthetics; however there may be a little discomfort to the scars where the spots were before the scars completely heal.
The treatment of this infection can be done using home remedies or various procedures that are performed at the hospital some of these procedures include: Vaporizing the growths with a laser, scraping the infected part of the skin with curettage, burning the growths with an electric current, and freezing the growths with liquid nitrogen.
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