Seborrhoeic Keratosis

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About Seborrhoeic Keratosis

Affectionately termed ‘Wisdom spots’, Seborrhoeic warts (aka Seborrhoeic keratosis) are benign skin growths that get more common as we age. Although they have a ‘warty’ appearance, they are not caused by a viral infection. They are harmless skin growths of the upper layers of the skin (epidermis).

Seborrhoeic warts tend to be concentrated over the face, neck, arms and trunk area, and multiple skin growths are the norm. Slowly growing, Seborrhoeic warts are round to oval in shape with a rough surface and appear stuck onto the skin.

Early Seborrhoeic warts look pale or light brown in colour, and they progressively get darker over the years. This may worry some patients about skin cancer, when they notice a change in colour and size of the Seborrhoeic warts. They may cause skin irritation, but more often patients complain that they are cosmetically unattractive.

Treatment of Seborrhoeic Keratosis

A variety of treatment methods for Seborrhoeic warts removal are used. They include shave excision, electrosurgery, liquid nitrogen treatment and laser surgery. In some instances, a sample of your skin may be sent for histology (laboratory study) to exclude a skin cancer.

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