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I've had a seborrheic keratosis on my cheek for a long time. Recently it is itching, seems to be a little larger, and is bleeding. Is this normal?

I've had a seborrheic keratosis on my cheek for a long time. Recently it is itching, seems to be a little larger, and is bleeding. Is this normal?

Go to the Doctor: Please this is not normal. I say please to urge you to sign off of the internet and to get to the doctor or a good dermatology office urgently. Bleeding and growing lesions are not to be ignored.

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Doc said I have a seborrheic keratosis on my back. Sending me to derm in 3 wks. I now have itching/tingly below & to left of the sk. Is this related?

Doc said I have a seborrheic keratosis on my back. Sending me to derm in 3 wks. I now have itching/tingly below & to left of the sk. Is this related?

Maybe: Seborrheic keratosis is benign. They require no treatment but are easy to remove, usually without surgery. Sometimes they are itchy. Sometimes they resemble a cancer and are sent for microscopic exam. Sometimes are removed so someone can look better at the nude beach.

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Does a seborrheic keratosis require a biopsy?

Cannot hurt: It will confirm or correct the diagnosis. Go with the advise of your doctor.

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What are the latest treatments for seborrheic keratosis?

What are the latest treatments for seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis: The most common options for treatment of seborrheic keratoses are: cryotherapy (freezing), just scraping them off (you could usually do this at home, or a partner could), or burning. Freezing is the most commonly utilized technique.

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What is seborrheic keratosis?

What is seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis: A benign skin growth that usually occurs during adult age. They involve the outer layer of skin and the tendency to get them is inherited. They can be removed with liquid nitrogen cryosurgery

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What exactly is seborrheic keratosis?

What exactly is seborrheic keratosis?

Benign growths: Seborrheic keratoses are waxy, wart-like lesions that grow on the skin of folks in their 50s and above. They rarely can become malignant. If they are in a troublesome area, they can be removed quite easily.

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How do you remove seborrheic keratosis?

Destruction: These can be scraped off the skin but will usually return. They can be inhibited sometimes with topical corticosteroids but most often they are removed by freezing the area with liquid nitrogen (superficial destruction) which then forms a scab like area which falls off as it heals.

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What's another name for seborrheic keratosis?

Barnacles: Barnacles or senile warts. These are benign.

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What can be done for severe seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis: Specific keratolytic agents can be used to bring this under control and along with personal hygiene can be very beneficial.

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What are some ways to remove seborrheic keratosis?

Cryosurgery: When correctly diagnosed, no treatment is necessary. There is a small risk of localized infection caused by picking at the lesion. If a growth becomes excessively itchy or is irritated by clothing or jewelry, it can be removed by cryosurgery (the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue).

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What is the definition or description of: seborrheic keratosis?

Brown warty bumps: Common harmless growths that can appear anywhere on the skin, primarily in older adults. Usually a tan to dark brown color with a warty surface, may be small to very large, sometimes itch, but are generally of only cosmetic concern and are not contagious.

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What are seborrheic keratosis?  why do people get them? Can they be stopped?

Seborrheic keratosis: A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or pale growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly elevated appearance. Occasionally, it appears singly, but multiple growths are more common. Seborrheic keratoses don't become cancerous, but they can look like skin cancer. They are genetic so you can not stop them.

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Does it take a few months for multiple seborrheic keratosis lesions to appear?

It may: Usually seborrheic keratoses appear over time and in an older population. If it is over a short period of time it may be something else but can be SK. If they look warty or 'stuck on' then that may be SK-but it could also be warts. If you are unsure see your doctor.

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What's seborrheic keratosis? Is it normal for 24y/o get one? 2 different drs. Diagnosed it. Should I be worried? Are other medical problems associated?

What's seborrheic keratosis? Is it normal for 24y/o get one? 2 different drs. Diagnosed it. Should I be worried? Are other medical problems associated?

Benign skin growth: It is a benign skin growth that can been seen in people of all ages but is more common in adults. In young people similar appearing lesions can be seen. If present since birth they are called epidermal nevi. Seborrheic keratoses do not need to be removed unless they irritate the patient (bleed, itch etc).

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Home remedy to remove seborrheic keratosis.

Freezing.: The cold spray that's sold for treatment of warts - I think the name is Wartner, or something similar - will also work on SKs if they're not too big or too thick. If they are, you'll need to have a dermatologist freeze them with liquid nitrogen.

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Can you use sea salt on seborrheic keratosis?

Can you use sea salt on seborrheic keratosis?

Probably not helpful: Salt can be exfoliative when rubbed against the skin, but it is unlikely that a thick fleshy seborrheic keratosis would respond to such treatment.

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Should a person use sea salt on seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis: Seborrheic keratoses represent benign thinkened areas of skin. I know of no medical studies that demonstrate they can be effectively treated with sea salt.

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Can seborrheic keratosis appear as a tiny black, slighty raised dot? I have one, which I've scratch a tinier black dot off & it grew back twice.

It's possible: It's possible that a seborrheic keratosis can appear as a tiny black raised dot. They tend to recur after being scratched off. However, other growths can have these characteristics as well, such as moles or skin tags. Although more rare, skin cancers can behave like this. I would recommend having it evaluated by a dermatologist.

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