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Is There Treatments for Seborrheic Keratoses

What are these spots?

Seborrheic Keratoses are tan, pink, brown or even black spots that grow on the skin.

Seborrheic means waxy. Keratosis means thick growth on the skin. Put those meanings together and you get a thick growth on the skin that looks like spilt wax.

Seborrheic Keratoses usually grows in groups on the back of the neck, the back and face. Although they are most common on the trunk Seborrheic Keratoses can appear anywhere on the body.

Am I in danger of getting them?

Seborrheic Keratoses are found to mostly develop in adult life with maybe one here and there. They may tend to grow in numbers as your age also grows in numbers. It is very rare that Seborrheic Keratoses is found on children.

You can get them by inheritance, so if you remember being forced to kiss your great-grandma on the cheek next to that unsightly, waxy looking thing, guess what, you might be a candidate for Seborrheic Keratoses.

Is this the suns fault? How do I avoid it?

It has not been proved nor disproved that the sun causes Seborrheic Keratoses. These spots have been found on parts of the body that are exposed to the sun and parts that are not or at least should not be exposed to the sun. So don’t be afraid to go outside during sunlight hours.

There really is no proven way to avoid getting Seborrheic Keratoses you either get it or you don’t. If you do get it, the spots may vary from the size of a b.b. to the size of a half-dollar.

Are these spots dangerous?

Even though Seborrheic Keratoses are unsightly spots on your skin there is finally some good news about a skin condition. Seborrheic Keratoses is not cancerous nor will likely ever develop into cancer. Finally, a skin condition that isn’t cancer or wont’ develop into some sort of cancer.

Now what?

First things first. Take a deep breath of relief, smile, pat yourself on the back and let everyone know that you don’t have cancer.

Now that you’re done celebrating you probably want to know how to get rid of Seborrheic Keratoses.

There are no over the counter ointments or oils that you can rub on Seborrheic Keratoses to get rid of them so don’t waste you money. In fact there are no prescriptions that will get rid of this.

The only way to get rid of Seborrheic Keratoses is to see you family doctor who will remove the spots by:

Cutting

Burning

Freezing with liquid nitrogen

Do any of these methods hurt?

The removal of anything from the skin is going to bring some degree of pain. But like everything else the pain will go away and you will be rid of the ugly skin growth. It’s a simple procedure that is done in the doctor’s office. In fact it’s probably harder to get rid of an unwanted relative than it would be to remove Seborrheic Keratoses from your skin.

The most used method is freezing with liquid nitrogen.

Liquid nitrogen is an extremely cold liquid gas somewhere in the neighborhood of negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas itself is not dangerous because about 71% of the oxygen we breathe is made of nitrogen.

Enough of the science lesson. Your doctor will spay the liquid nitrogen onto the infected area causing it to freeze. The Seborrheic Keratoses will scab and fall off after two or three applications leaving a smooth white scar that is a thousand times better looking than the Seborrheic Keratoses.

Cutting and burning is pretty self explanatory and they will give you the same results as freezing. It all depends on your doctor’s preference of methods. After all who’s going to argue with him, he’s the one holding the scalpel.

Suppose I don’t want it removed?

If any of these methods scare the bajeebers out of you then the good news is that unless the Seborrheic Keratoses are bothering you there is no great need to have them removed because they cause no harm.

However you should still see your doctor so he can check out the skin condition because even though Seborrheic Keratoses is non-cancerous there is no sense in taking chances. Let your doctor or dermatologists take a sample and have it tested to be sure that you are safe.


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