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Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis appears as warty spots on the skin. There is no known viral origin of the disease, thus, making it plain harmless. It also is not contagious and it does not spread to other parts of the body. It usually appears on the people 40 years of age up, where they are seen in a variety of colors ranging from pink and yellow to brown and black. Characteristically, they are non-cancerous, differ in size, and shows as waxy matter dropped on the skin. For those who are utterly mindful of their skin, this is more of an eyesore appearing in different colors, such that treatment and even surgery are options most people think about.

Like most skin diseases, the origins of these bumps are still unclear. Some point to genes as the cause of this occurrence on the skin while some point to the ultraviolet rays of the skin as a contributory factor to its rise. Through time, this skin disorder gets darker, but in no way, does this mean that Keratosis is getting malignant. It would also appear during pregnancy when the body produces hormones, later manifesting as wart-like growths. That's why for pregnant women with such condition, hormone replacement therapy is advisable. There is no known relationship between having a skin cancer with having a bothersome lump of Keratosis on your body. Even so, these are just speculations as to the real origins o Keratosis. Nevertheless, there are also signs and symptoms one must be alert of.

Normally, they show up as warts on the skin. Although benign, they don't appear pleasing to eyes, especially if one's work entails the responsibility of meeting and talking with people. This could make one really uncomfortable. Keratosis appears in different colors, as mentioned above. They are round and oval in shape and looks as if they have been purposely pasted on the skin. Sometimes, they are flat or a little bit elevated with a somehow scaly surface. Like their colors, they also range in size from as small as a fourth of an inch to one inch across. They could also become itchy at times, though not painful, and as suggested earlier, depending on where it's at and how large, it could also become troublesome. Doctors would usually advise patients to refrain from scratching, rubbing, and picking on the warty-like growths, as this lead to inflammation and eventually bleeding and infection.

The treatment of Seborrheic Keratosis is only through removal. The same method that is used as with all kinds of wart spots on the skin. Through liquid nitrogen, Keratosis can be frozen. It can also be cut and burned with an electric needle, but remember to do this with the recommendation of a physician. Curettage and cautery are also two options and the same thing is true with shave biopsy where through the use of a scalpel, the warty growth is scraped from the skin. Laser surgery is also a good way to burn them down.