Keratosis or seborrheic Keratosis is the most common non-cancerous skin growths in adults. Keratosis appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest or shoulders. Symptoms of Keratosis are:
• Waxy, wart like growth on face, chest and shoulders
• Ranges in color from light tan to brown
• Round or oval shaped
• Pasted on appearance
• May cause itching
• Flat or slightly elevated surface
HOW IS KERATOSIS DIAGNOSED?
A dermatologist will often be able to diagnose keratosis by eye. If there’s any uncertainty, they'll likely remove part or all of the growth. This is called a skin biopsy. The doctor may use a bright light or magnifying lens to look for growths, moles, or lesions. The scalp is examined by parting the hair.
HOW IS KERATOSIS TREATED?
There is often no need of treatment as the Keratosis is typically harmless. But if it occurs on a rather visible body part and is causing cosmetic concerns, it can be removed by cryosurgery, electrosurgery and curettage.
DID YOU KNOW?
This skin condition often runs in families. People who have blood relatives affected with this condition are more prone to develop it.