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Seborrheic Keratoses: The Basics

Aug 15 2018

General Dermatology Danville, CAIf you’ve found something new on your body, what is your first inclination? After we try washing it off (it could be dirt or makeup, right?), then we head to the internet. Finding something new on your body usually causes a little panic. So many of us fall down the rabbit hole of scary internet diagnoses, but why do we put ourselves through the stress? The dark, uneven bumps that show up on your skin can sometimes cause worries about cancer, causing your stress to rise for nothing. Why not check with a professional and stop worrying?

If you’ve recently found a little bump or lesion on your skin, it could be Seborrheic Keratosis, which is completely harmless. Keep reading to learn about Seborrheic Keratosis, and then double-check with your dermatologist to make sure that you have nothing to worry about.

What Is Seborrheic Keratosis?

Seborrheic Keratosis is a type of harmless growth or lesion on the skin, which can be light tan or black, but is often brown. The size of a Seborrheic Keratosis can vary, too. Sometimes they are only a few millimeters long, but they can also be a few centimeters long. Trying to whittle down what your lesion is by where you’ve found it? Seborrheic Keratosis can show up anywhere on the skin except for the palms of your hands and the bottoms of your feet. They can even show up on the scalp of your head!

Thankfully, they are completely harmless. They aren’t cancerous or precancerous. Seborrheic Keratosis may cause discomfort if it is located near a bra strap or underwear waistband, though. They may also be itchy in some patients.

How to Get Rid of Seborrheic Keratosis

Though this condition is harmless, it can still cause itchiness or discomfort. Some patients simply do not like them and want to be rid of them. Though these little lesions can come back, they can be removed with liquid nitrogen or a Co2 Laser if you’re ready for them to be gone.

What Is Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra?

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a sub-type of Seborrheic Keratosis that occurs in patients with African American, Asian, or Polynesian ancestry. These aren’t harmful or cancerous either. Some patients may choose to have their lesions removed for discomfort, itchiness, or purely cosmetic reasons.

Schedule a Consultation

Chances are, you have a little Seborrheic Keratosis or Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra, but it’s a good idea to rule out anything more dangerous. Call us today at (925) 8383-4900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Potozkin!

Category: General Dermatology

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