Seborrheic Keratosis: Knowing the Facts
One of the most common skin growths in human is known as a Seborrheic keratosis. Often appearing in multiples, there have been cases of people only getting just one.
This skin condition is very common and it is often mistaken for warts (another infectious skin disease) because they look similar but they differ in their origin this can be seen from the fact that warts develops from viral infection while this particular skin condition does not.
So What Exactly Is Seborrheic Keratosis?
It is simply a growth on the skin that is benign meaning it is non-cancerous. Even though the cause of this skin disease is not clearly understood, it is believed to be linked to ultra violet rays from the sun since occurrence is more prevalent on the back, arms, neck and face which are areas most often exposed to the sun. Also, some study is currently carried out regarding its tendency to occur within families thereby linking it with genetics.
Who Usually Gets The Skin Condition?
The occurrence of this skin condition is also believed to be age-related due to appearance been noticed often in middle aged and old people.It is however non-contagious and often looks like it was pasted on the body rather than been part of it.
They often start as small bumps with a rough texture and over time thicken until it develops that coarse, warty surface that depicts it. In the real sense of the word, it is not harmful but looks disgusting.
How Do I Know If I Have It?
For any skin growth to be confirmed as Seborrheic keratosis, the skin growth has to be located somewhere on the face, chest, shoulders, back, arms or other areas off the often exposed to the sun.
It would be painless with a yellow, brown or black depending on skin colour. It may become irritated and itchy. Its surface is slightly raised but flat, has a rough, wart like texture and it is often waxy to touch.
Its shape is round or oval. However, the best answer to this question is to go and see a doctor. The doctor is trained to diagnose and may need to perform a biopsy to confirm.
It usually does not required any form of treatment other than to keep a good hygiene, allow fresh air to reach you body especially affect place and avoid scratching it so as not to develop lesion. Medically growths are often removed by surgery or a procedure called cryotherapy (it is simply freezing the growths).