Seborrheic keratosis is often confused with some common skin disorders such as moles, warts and actinic keratosis. Seborrheic keratosis is also different from the malignant skin cancer keratosis. Comparing seborrheic keratosis with warts, you should know that warts are caused by some form of virus while seborrheic keratosis are not. Warts develop very rapidly and they do not tend to get darkened, seborrhoeic keratosis develop gradually and they often get darkened after years of development.
Moles are often tan, brown or skin coloured, and almost everyone develop around 20-35 moles in his or her lifetime, however not everyone develop seborrheic keratosis and seborrheic keratosis often appear as darkened patches and most of it are hereditary in nature while some are caused by over exposure to sunlight, hence very few people develop them.
Comparing actinic keratosis with seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis are regarded as an indication that an individual may develop skin cancer later on in life, however seborrheic keratosis are not cancerous in nature. The face, forearms and some parts of the neck are often affected by actinic keratosis , as these are the places which are mostly exposed to the UV rays of the sunlight.
Actinic keratosis infections are more common in people with pale looking skin nature as well as people with light eyed people. The colour of the skin or the hair does not necessarily determine who gets seborrheic keratosis, its all about genetic mutations in some chromosomes of the body. Actinic keratosis seem to be flatter, more reddened than seborrheic keratosis, they also appear to be more hardened and any scaly skin development should be examined by a dermatologist.
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer which often appears as a black or blue-black growth on the skin. Melanomas can be confused with seborrheic keratosis because they both appear as dark coloured skin discolourations, however any skin disorder which has become itchy, blotchy and irritated should be examined by a dermatologist against skin cancer development.
The best possible way to detect if a skin infection is seborrheic keratosis or any other form of skin infection is to first of all check physically and then through some clinical diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can lead to wrong forms of treatments which may aggravate the skin infections. Consulting a dermatologist is highly recommended, except you are convinced of your skin disorder.