Strange growths on the skin may in fact just be seborrhoeic keratosis. Seborrhoeic keratosis may look harmful, but these skin growths are not. With that said, some may resemble similar markings to melanoma so it is important to have any type of unusual looking growth examined by a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. After all, you do not want skin cancer to go without a diagnosis and proper treatment.
Where can seborrhoeic keratosis appear on the body?
The main areas of the body where seborrhoeic keratosis appears are the abdomen, chest, shoulders, scalp, and back, but in rare cases, they can appear elsewhere. The only place you will never find them growing is on the hands or feet. If you do find growths on the hands and feet, it is again wise to get them looked at by a doctor. The most common unsightly growths on the hands and feet are warts, which are actually caused by a virus.
What do these skin growths look and feel like?
The skin growths appear like moles with a brownish black color. Sometimes the growths can have a rough texture similar to warts. Other times, they can appear raised and smoothed, but it all depends on how long these growths develop.
What causes seborrheic keratosis?
The causes of seborrheic keratosis are aging and sometimes sun exposure. Wearing SPF sunscreens while outdoors can help prevent the growths from occurring, but sometimes there is no way of truly preventing the skin condition. Other ways that can prevent the skin abnormalities are by taking care of your skin through exfoliating, moisturizing, and using chemical free skin care products.
What are some precautions to take with these skin growths?
Growths that appear raised may get caught on clothing. If you are experiencing these it is wise to simply visit a dermatologist to have the growth removed.
Skin growths that seem to be rapidly changing in appearance, or have a bluish purple color need to be examined by a doctor immediately. This is because some skin growths that change rapidly in appearance, size and texture have the potential of being skin cancer, which would need immediate attention and care.
Melanoma, if left untreated, can spread throughout the body and become fatal. Early detection of the cancer is the best way to stop the spread of it, which can occur rapidly. Untreated skin cancer can spread to the lungs, digestive system and other vital organs making it harder to treat.
What are some end thoughts to keep in mind?
Overall, seborrhoeic keratosis is a condition you need not worry about. The growths are harmless but can become annoying and unsightly. Thankfully there are procedures dermatologist can perform to help rid these unsightly skin growths away such as laser surgery, electrosurgery, cryosurgery, and curettage. All are painless and quick procedures.
The only thing you may need to worry about after having the growth removed is scarring, but thankfully there are ointments and creams helpful for minimizing scars. You do not have to live with unsightly blemishes on the skin. You can always have beautiful youthful skin if you care for it properly.
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