Seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis

Like skin tags, seborrheic keratosis are benign or harmless growths on the skin and sometimes can even look like skin tags. They are commonly also referred to as moles as they look pigmented like moles but are not moles which is the term reserved for melanocytic naevi. They are also sometimes referred as age spots because they are thought to start after the third decade but can be seen in younger individuals. They are very common and most of the older adults will have varying number of these lesions. They can be present on any part of the body and can be flat or raised. Surface is usually rough but the flat ones can have a smooth surface. Colour is from skin coloured to various shades of brown and black.

They can sometimes get irritated due to trauma, friction and can become inflamed. Inflamed seborrheic keratosis can be itchy, sore and can even crust, ooze or bleed. When symptomatic they can be a cause for concern and may need removal for microscopic examination.

They can be removed by cryotherapy, curettage, shave excisions or cut out if suspicious looking.

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Multiple seborrheic keratosis on the skin