10 Apr The Skin Tumor You’ve Never Heard Of
What would you do if you woke up to find a sudden skin growth? Seborrheic keratoses are a type of benign tumor that can seemingly appear overnight, and for many Spectrum Dermatology patients they are a cause of immense stress—but don’t worry. These growths are perfectly harmless, though they can look unappealing. Also known as skin tags, seborrheic keratoses are small growths that become more common with age. They can be any color ranging from light to black.
Nobody is particularly more prone to these growths than others. Seborrheic keratoses often have a waxy appearance, and it can be very tempting to try to scratch them off. However, only a dermatologist can safely remove them. If they’re scratched, they can bleed, scar, and make your body susceptible to infections. Removal in a dermatology office is fast and painless.
Seborrheic keratoses can grow anywhere on the body except the palms and soles of the feet. However, they are most common on the trunk and neck. Even though they’re not dangerous, they can be a nuisance if they rub against clothes. Some people try to remove seborrheic keratoses with a host of at-home remedies. However, these approaches rarely work. You might irritate the growth and cause unnecessary pain.
If you notice any type of skin abnormality, it’s important that it gets checked by a dermatologist immediately. Seborrheic keratoses might get confused with other types of growths without proper diagnoses, and that can lead you down a dangerous path of ignoring what might be a different type of growth. Seborrheic keratoses are not skin cancer, but those unfamiliar with skin issues might mistake a pigment-free dangerous mole for seborrheic keratosis. Leave the diagnoses to the experts and your skin will be in good hands.
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Whether you think it’s seborrheic keratosis, a mole, or something else, put your mind at ease and schedule an appointment with Spectrum Dermatology today. Appointments can be made online at the Spectrum Dermatology site.