Treatments For Seborrheic Keratosis
Seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common types of noncancerous skin growths or infections and is common in older or middle aged adults. Although the infection may resemble skin cancer it is not cancerous. The infection usually appears in form of growths which range from brown to black and they grow on the neck, chest, back, trunk, head, shoulders, and the face region of the affected patient. The available treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis may either be natural home remedies or done in the hospital, by a professional. However they may require no treatment but you may consider having them removed due to various reasons like cosmetic reasons or your own body beauty, if they become irritated, and if they bleed because of being rubbed against by the clothing.
The following are the various treatment options that will clear the spots and give a fresh new look:
- Freezing the growths with liquid nitrogen otherwise known as cryosurgery. This is a very effective method of treating seborrheic keratosis; however it may not work on large and thick growths and may lighten the treated area of the skin a condition called hypopigmentation.
- Vaporizing the growths with a laser, a process commonly known as ablation. There are many and different types of laser treatments. Your doctor may apply pigment to the growth to assist him/her concentrate the laser light and be more effective.
- Using Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide with a concentration of between 23 to 80% can be used to help reduce the appearance of Seborrheic Keratosis spots. Use a small brush or a cotton swab to apply the solution directly on the spots, the solution will burn out the spots by first turning them white then pink and finally there will remain scabs on the spots. The skin area around the growth should be taken care of by being precise when applying the solution so as to prevent them from being burnt which will cause an intensive irritation. You may also apply lotion or a moisturizer to protect the area around the spot.
- Burning the growths with an electric current and this is known as electrocautery. The method may leave scars on the skin if it is not done properly or carefully, and it may take much more time as compared with the other treatment methods. It may be used alone or combined with a curettage which scraps off the growths from the skin.
If it is the first time you are using home remedy, it is advisable that you start by applying on one specific or a small section maybe the back. Do not apply the solution to the whole body. This method will give you a chance to assess how the solution works on your skin and its effects.