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What are the latest treatments for seborrheic keratosis?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. H. William Song
Aesthetic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Laser

I like to use a co2 laser to remove seb keratosis.
Freezing also works but requires multiple treatments in most cases.

In brief: Laser

I like to use a co2 laser to remove seb keratosis.
Freezing also works but requires multiple treatments in most cases.
Dr. H. William Song
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Seborrheic keratosis

Methods used to remove seborrhoeic keratoses include: cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) for thinner lesions curettage & cautery laser surgery shave biopsy (shaving off with a scalpel).

In brief: Seborrheic keratosis

Methods used to remove seborrhoeic keratoses include: cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) for thinner lesions curettage & cautery laser surgery shave biopsy (shaving off with a scalpel).
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Removal +

Once the diagnosis is certain, these harmless skin growths can be "burned" off (electrodessication), "frozen" off (cryotherapy) or ignored.
There is also a home remedy which is said to work: massage with castor oil ( a laxative!). This has worked after a month or so of twice daily massage for a number of my patients over the years. Make certain of the diagnosis first!

In brief: Removal +

Once the diagnosis is certain, these harmless skin growths can be "burned" off (electrodessication), "frozen" off (cryotherapy) or ignored.
There is also a home remedy which is said to work: massage with castor oil ( a laxative!). This has worked after a month or so of twice daily massage for a number of my patients over the years. Make certain of the diagnosis first!
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Robert Stroup
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nothing new

Seborrheic keratosis are treated as they arise with either freezing, cauterizing, or shaving.

In brief: Nothing new

Seborrheic keratosis are treated as they arise with either freezing, cauterizing, or shaving.
Dr. Robert Stroup
Dr. Robert Stroup
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are benign but can be a real nusance or cosmetic problem for alot of people because of their brown, rough appearance.
Many treatments are available including freezing, electordessication or laser.

In brief: Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are benign but can be a real nusance or cosmetic problem for alot of people because of their brown, rough appearance.
Many treatments are available including freezing, electordessication or laser.
Dr. Christopher Moeller
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Several options

Laser, cryo therapy, shaving and cauterization.
Depending on the size, thickness and location your doctor might recommend one over the other.

In brief: Several options

Laser, cryo therapy, shaving and cauterization.
Depending on the size, thickness and location your doctor might recommend one over the other.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Carrie Anderson
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Destruction

"seb k's" or seborrheic keratoses can be treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen or similar freezing methods, laser, or surgical removal in your doctor's office.
If you are younger than 50 and have a large number of seb k's pop up, you may need to be evaluated for other medical problems that these are associated with.

In brief: Destruction

"seb k's" or seborrheic keratoses can be treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen or similar freezing methods, laser, or surgical removal in your doctor's office.
If you are younger than 50 and have a large number of seb k's pop up, you may need to be evaluated for other medical problems that these are associated with.
Dr. Carrie Anderson
Dr. Carrie Anderson
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Same old same old

There are no new definitive treatments other than traditional shave excision.

In brief: Same old same old

There are no new definitive treatments other than traditional shave excision.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Shave excision

Ck is a superficial skin condition that can be eliminated by a good shave excision.
You need a good doctor, local anesthetic and a sharp blade. This is the best treatment. Nothing else can match this.

In brief: Shave excision

Ck is a superficial skin condition that can be eliminated by a good shave excision.
You need a good doctor, local anesthetic and a sharp blade. This is the best treatment. Nothing else can match this.
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine

In brief: Seborrheic keratosis

They are bening skin lession (aka "stuck-on" lession), dont become cancerous.
Best treatment is to remove them. Problems is that you coud have 100's (neck and axilla are the most common areas), tends to run in families. If it is irritated, you may use Hydrocortisone cream. However, as a rule of thumb, any irritated, bleeding lession should be evaluated by a doctor and possibly biopsied.

In brief: Seborrheic keratosis

They are bening skin lession (aka "stuck-on" lession), dont become cancerous.
Best treatment is to remove them. Problems is that you coud have 100's (neck and axilla are the most common areas), tends to run in families. If it is irritated, you may use Hydrocortisone cream. However, as a rule of thumb, any irritated, bleeding lession should be evaluated by a doctor and possibly biopsied.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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