How to treat seborrheic keratosis?

Q:
How to treat seborrheic keratosis?

A:
Seborrheic keratoses are noncancerous (benign) skin growths that some people develop as they age. They often appear on the back or chest, but can occur on any part of the body. Seborrheic keratoses grow slowly, in groups or singly. Most people will develop at least one seborrheic keratosis during their lifetime.

Who is at risk of developing seborrheic keratosis?

  • Older age
  • Family members with seborrheic keratosis
  • Frequent sun exposure

Treatment

In many cases, a seborrheic keratosis doesn’t need treatment. However, your doctor may decide to remove any growths that cause physical or emotional discomfort. There are three methods of removal:

  • Cryosurgery, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off the growth
  • Electrosurgery, which uses an electrical current to scrape off the growth
  • Curettage, which uses a scoop-like surgical instrument to scrape off the growth

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