Seborrheic keratosis is a skin condition mostly associated with old age but can affect people of all ages. A patch appears on the upper part of the skin causing the surface to be rough and itchy. The condition is present in men mostly since they take less care of their skin. It also affects people with oily skin surfaces and those suffering of HIV. Seborrheic keratosis affects various parts of the skin like the face, the scalp, skin folds, buttock area and the breasts. It is noncancerous and hardly dangerous.
Seborrheaic keratosis develops on the upper part of the skin surface and appears like it has been stuck on the skin surface. The patches can grow alone or in clusters and have different forms or appearance. They can have a smooth waxy surface or rather a rough greasy surface. The skin becomes red itchy and rough and is mostly affected by friction. The cause of the disorder is not fully known but a number of factors have been associated with the condition. Hormones, stress and a yeast cell like organism are some of the causes mentioned. They are light tan in color, sometimes can be brown or black depending on a person’s complexion.
Taking a close look at the pictures of seborrhea keratosis may be confusing of other skin related conditions like skin tags and cancer. The pictures enable the doctors to explain the patient’s condition, from the picture the doctor is able to know whether the condition is at mild stage, severe or dyeing stage. At mild stage the skin forms a rough surface that easily crumbles, in extreme causes the surface becomes itchy and bleeds. As much as the pictures can be very disturbing to the patient, it creates awareness to the patient and they are able to take necessary precaution on the best way to prevent excess infection and how to go about curing the infection.
Seborrhea keratosis need no treatment since they fade away on their own, if they are irritating take a wet cold clothing and compress it on the itchy surface, this calms the irritation. You can also bandage the surface to avoid friction that may be caused by garments inflicting bleeding. Once you see signs of this disorder visit a dermatologist who can be able to ascertain whether it is seborrheic keratosis or other skin conditions. Depending on the condition the doctor can decide to remove the patches by burning them or cutting them out.
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