How To Treat Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis also known as the “barnacle of old age” are normally painless and require no treatment but one can have it removed when there is the need to do so, usually for cosmetic reasons or if the keratosis is in an awkward place and becomes irritated. This skin growth can either be medically treated through a method of cryosurgery, electrocautery and ablation. They can also be treated at home by using hydrogen peroxide, taking vitamins and supplements, applying a 30% of glycolic acid and applying a cold compress.

Medical Seborrheic Keratosis Treatments

CRYOSURGERY
This method of treatment is done by freezing with liquid Nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen is applied to the growth with a spray gun to freeze the growth. Though this can be an effective way to remove seborrheic keratosis, it may not be that effective on large thick growths and will leave permanent white spots after treatment.

ELECTROCAUTERY
With this method, the skin growth is burnt with an electric current alone or with a surgical instrument known as the curette. The curette is used to scrape off the treated lesion and this may cause some minimal bleeding. Electrocautery can be very effective but takes longer than other removal methods.

ABLATION
Vaporizing the growth with a laser can also help remove seborrheic keratosis. The doctor may apply a pigment to the growth to help concentrate the laser light.

Home Remedies For Seborrheic Keratosis

USE OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
To treat seborrheic keratosis with hydrogen peroxide, wear gloves and apply a solution of 40 percent with a cotton swab directly on the spots. Apply a moisturizing cream to the area to prevent the hydrogen peroxide from coming into contact with other areas of the skin. This method may take several applications to completely eliminate the condition.

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Intake of vitamin D helps to improve the immune system and balances all skin types and so it can be used to remove seborrheic keratosis.

30% GLYCOLIC ACID
The acid can be put into a spray bottle. This is done by spraying the affected area every day until the growth becomes crusty. Application of the acid may result in a slight redness and a stinging sensation. When the stinging sensation becomes unbearable, it is best to discontinue use and consider other methods.

COLD COMPRESS
Dip a wash cloth into cold water and apply to the area until pain and itching leaves. This kind of method is not meant for the removal of seborrheic keratosis but to relieve the of pain experienced – thus will not reduce the growth.

Though these forms of treatment for seborrheic keratosis may be effective, when in doubt do not hesitate to consult a dermatologist.

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