Seborrheic keratosis is one of the many skin conditions that are found in the society today. It comes about after excess keratin has been produced. Since keratin is the substance that forms the skin, hair and nails, it is a hard protein thus an excess production of it would cause some areas of the skin to harden and form layers. The causes of keratosis cannot be pinned down as it has many other forms all of which have their own unique symptoms and causes. One of them is seborrheic keratosis.
This skin condition is harmless but is often mistaken as cancerous. This condition is characterized by black growths or even simply raised skin.
Features of seborrheic keratosis:
Seborrheic keratosis which is also known as Seb K or SK, has some distinguishable characteristics which set it apart from other skin conditions. One of them is that it has a ‘stuck on’ appearance. They look like they don’t belong to the skin and that something came and stuck them on. The edges of these growths are not attached to the surrounding skin thus giving one the impression that they can be removed with a fingernail. This is as a result that Seb K is an epidermal skin condition. It does not penetrate the inner layers of the skin and hence the ‘stuck on’ look.
These growths also tend to look like warts, hence the alternative name for them of ‘senile warts’. The difference is that they are not caused by the virus that causes warts. With time, if left that way, this skin condition may develop and begin looking like a cauliflower with ridges. Sometimes, however, this skin condition may develop and have a smooth surface. During this time they do not have any rough ridges but they do have small bumps that are similar in appearance to seeds and may be darker or lighter as compared to the skin surrounding it. This type of Seborrheic Keratosis that develops in this manner has a whirling pattern and is best seen with a magnifying glass. This skin condition tends to be itchy and some people may scratch it innocently but in the end it only serves to aggravate them further. This itchiness is said to get worse with age. Severe itchiness can result in the keratosis bleeding and becoming inflamed.
Seborrheic Keratosis Treatment
This condition is best left alone but with the occasional cream here and there to help with the itchiness. However for severe cases in which it may look unsightly, liquid nitrogen can be used.