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Medical DermatologyPatients searching for effective treatment of seborrheic keratoses in Philadelphia can benefit from a visit to Keystone Dermatology Partners. Our skilled professionals will be available to provide accurate diagnoses and the right treatment options for you.

What Are Seborrheic Keratoses?

A common skin growth that can look like a wart or even a skin cancer, seborrheic keratoses are benign waxy, warty, gray to brown growths.

They appear more frequently as individuals age and appear to have some genetic component. If your parents had seborrheic keratoses, then you would also be more likely to develop them.

Seborrheic keratoses may grow anywhere on the body, but they seem to develop more frequently on the face and the trunk.

Lesions are typically brown, gray, black, or even tan. They are usually raised and have a warty, waxy, or “stuck-on” appearance. Lesions are not contagious.

What Causes Seborrheic Keratoses?

The exact cause of seborrheic keratoses is not known, though the aforementioned genetic component seems to play a role. Unhealthy lifestyles have also been linked to developing the skin condition.

Seborrheic keratoses can appear at any age, but they most commonly begin to appear around middle age.

Diagnosing Seborrheic Keratoses

Patients who suspect that they may have seborrheic keratoses should schedule a consultation to have them properly diagnosed.

Most dermatologists are capable of diagnosing seborrheic keratoses without a biopsy—sparing unnecessary biopsies or treatments. However, it’s important that an experienced dermatologist examine the area to avoid missing a more serious diagnosis.

Treatments for Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are not contagious, nor will they lead to cancer. Treatment for seborrheic keratoses is not medically necessary, and it is indicated only if a patient finds the lesions cosmetically displeasing.

There are several ways that seborrheic keratoses can be treated. For milder cases, patients can be prescribed medication that they can apply on the bump to reduce its visibility and size.

For more pronounced cases, patients can come in to have the bumps frozen using liquid nitrogen.

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