Seborrheic keratosis is a skin condition that is caused by exposure of the skin to the sun’s rays. Individuals with Seborrheic keratosis have a rough skin with patches that appears to have been stuck on the upper part of the skin surface. It affects various parts of the body like neck, hands, legs, buttocks even the chest, the most affected parts are the parts exposed to the sun. Seborrhea is not a dangerous skin condition like skin cancer and neither does it result to skin cancer, therefore should not be feared.
The cause of seborrheic keratosis is not fully known however direct exposure of the skin to the sun’s rays is known to trigger the condition. Hormones, stress and a yeast cell like organism are some of the causes of seborrhea.
Seborrheic keratosis is not gender sensitive therefore affects anyone; however men have high chances of getting seborrheic keratosis since they generally take less care of their skin. Individuals with oily skin are also at high risk of getting the infection since seborrhea thrives well in oily skin surface. If you have HIV you are also prone to getting the infection.
The common signs and symptoms of seborrhea include:
- The skin forming patches that are rough and scaly.
- Red greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales
- A lot of dandruff on the scalp sometimes very itchy
- Sore itchy skin
- The patches grow singly or in clusters and assume different forms.
- The skin becomes red and itchy.
Individuals with seborrheic keratosis experience periods when the symptoms improve alternating with periods when the symptoms worsen. In infants the patches are thick and greasy and are not as itchy as it is in older people.
Most conditions of seborrheic keratosis do not require the doctor’s attention since most fade away on their own. You can perform personal self-care on the infected parts to calm the irritation, take a wet cold clothing and wrap on the patches this will calm the irritation. Bandage the infected parts to prevent friction between clothing and the patches which may result to bleeding. In case you’re skin gets so painful or you have tried self-care test unsuccessfully then it is recommended that you seek the doctor’s attention. Don’t assume all skin conditions are seborrhea, have the doctor perform tests on your skin for other skin infections before making conclutions.
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