Otherwise known as senile keratosis, senile warts, seborrheic verruca, seborrheic warts, barnacles, brown warts, or basal cell papilloma, a seborrheic keratosis refers to a certain kind of skin growth. Usually benign, seborrheic keratoses commonly appear as a person ages.
Seborrheic keratosis skin growths come in different colors. They can appear light tan or even in darker shades. Round or oval-shaped, these skin growths also vary in shape. Touching them, you will feel as if they have been pasted on, comparable to a scab. Commonly similar looking to warts, the lesions are often small. On the other hand, seborrheic keratosis is not viral in origin. Cysts may appear embedded into the growths. It is advisable that once one develops seborrheic keratosis, they should have a skin biopsy done since the lesions are similar to signs of melanoma skin cancer.
Treatment for this skin condition need not necessary. Seborrheic keratosis, in fact, has been determined to be often benign. Localized infection of a lesion due to scratching involves very small risk. For unbearable itching, lesions must be removed through cryosurgery. Jewelry and even clothing might cause skin irritation for the skin lesions.
For the smaller lesions, light electrocautery can be used to treat them. If the lesions are much bigger and more obstinate, more serious methods must be used. These methods include electrodessication and curettage, and cryotherapy.
Still another technique of seborrheic keratosis treatment is the use of liquid nitrogen. By means of the liquid nitrogen, one might freeze a seborrheic keratosis. However, scarring may occur because of this technique. The resultant scar is typically flat, but not if you are prone to keloids. You can also shave off the lesions as another alternative way. A flexible razor blade can be used to do this job. The blade is used to shave off the lesions while avoiding harming the skin.
The causes for seborrheic keratosis are actually still unclear. Because of the fact that most affected parts by seborrheic keratosis are exposed to the sun’s rays the most often, ultraviolet light has been seen as one possible cause. The face, arms, back, and neck have been the places where seborrheic keratosis lesions most commonly become visible. A person’s genetics has also been seen as one of the likely causes of seborrheic keratoses. It does not matter that much what causes seborrheic keratosis, however, mainly since it is typically benign and not too problematic.