Seborrheic Keratosis Spots
Seborrheic keratosis is the most common kind of lesion dermatologists claim to witness in many of their patients complaining of skin diseases.
They are raised, velvety looking spots that can be in a variety of colors ranging from white, black and many shades of brown. In most cases, seborrheic keratosis appears pasted on the skin. It can occur in several parts of the body and it has nothing to do with exposure to sun rays. However, there are in elements of genetics. It is unfortunate that there are no creams or medications that prevent or eradicate these types of spots. The only good thing is that they pose no health threat and don’t evolve into anything cancerous.
Doctors have several procedures that can remove seborrheic keratosis spots. The most common among these methods of removal is the use of liquid nitrogen. The procedure is called cryotherapy. It is a surgical removal done by using a scalpel or a sharp blade. Cryotherapy treatment does not require an anesthetic injection. It is easier to perform and is more popular with many doctors and patients. Discoloration or lightening of the treated area is the only risk involved, but also the treated area might develop a scar. The procedure is done often when seborrheic keratosis on the back is treated.
Seborrheic keratosis spots can get badly swollen and red. With time they become inflamed lesions and very itchy or tender. Many people believe that this asymptomatic and non-inflamed seborrheic keratosis spots are considered cosmetic.
Most procedures done to remove seborrheic keratosis spots are relatively expensive. Cheaper and easy to perform practices include post freezing of the lesions, application of petroleum jelly and the use of ointments. Earlier, smaller and flatter lesions are easier to remove than the large and thick ones. For better results when using cosmetics, one needs to treat them occasionally with liquid nitrogen with the help and prescription of a dermatologist.
When people grow old they need not to worry about seborrheic keratosis spots appearing on their skin because mostly they come with old age. However, a visit to the dermatologist is advisable so as to get the right establishment and identity of the lesions. There should be no need to panic if an evenly brown and velvety spot appears on the face, back of the hands or other location of the body. If the presence of a seborrheic keratosis spot on your body is irritating, and you need to eradicate it, make sure to seek advice from a dermatologist.