Seborrheic Keratosis is unattractive lesions which can vary in size and color from extremely small and colorless to large and black. The cause of Seborrheic Keratosis is unknown and may simply be related to genetics. It has been noted that certain families seem to consistently demonstrate a pattern of having Seborrheic Keratosis.
These lesions may be unsightly and appear to be cancerous but they are not caused by cancer or excess exposure to the sun. They can be removed surgically if they are in an impractical or unsightly position. They can have an appearance which is similar to a wart but they are not warts. The cause of Seborrheic Keratosis is not papilloma which is the human bacteria found in warts. There is no known bacterium found in this growth which may be the cause of it.
These growths may need to be seen under a magnifying glass in order to identify their different shapes. They can be shaped similar to a cauliflower with many dips and with a rough surface or they may be smooth and cone shaped. Itching may occur and can cause bleeding and discomfort. Itching and manipulating these growths should be avoided in order to protect them from becoming damaged and causing pain. These noncancerous growths can be ignored and do not need to be treated. However, they can be removed if they are unsightly or in a position that is constantly manipulated by clothing or jewelry.
Physicians often recommend the use of liquid nitrate to remove these growths or lesions from the skin’s surface. The skin underneath of the lesion will be smooth and a barely visible scar will remain. Seborrheic Keratosis may be mistaken to be skin cancer such as melanoma. A close examination can be handled by a physician to ensure that it is indeed a simple benign Seborrheic Keratosis lesion.
Seborrheic Keratosis do not have a cause but they may run in a family line. If you have a specific aversion to the bumpy roughness of skin associated with these lesions you can have them removed by a physician. They can tend to be unsightly and scary looking but they are not cancerous.