There are many different types of skin growths that can look similar. Seborrheic keratosis is a common skin growth that is benign and does not pose a health risk, but it may look like other precancerous skin conditions. At Precision Medical Specialists, our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Katherine Chiang, offers diagnosis of concerning skin conditions like seborrheic keratosis at our facility in Wellington, FL.
Symptoms and Causes of Seborrheic Keratosis
Both light and dark-skinned people can have seborrheic keratosis. The exact cause of this skin condition is not known, but it does appear in families, and it is more common on areas with more skin exposure. While some people experience seborrheic keratosis during pregnancy, it is more common in people middle-aged or older. The symptoms of seborrheic keratosis include:
- Small hard bumps that become scaly (like a wart)
- Colors can be from white to black, but most are brown
- Bumps can be tiny or an inch or more in diameter
- They can appear anywhere on the body except the palms and soles
- They can appear “stuck” to the skin like wax or stucco
- Usually are painless but they may itch
Although seborrheic keratosis is a benign, harmless skin condition, it is always best to have new skin growths examined by a dermatologist. Dr. Chiang offers full body skin examinations to identify any possible signs of skin cancer or precancerous growths. She can diagnose seborrheic keratosis to ensure a growth does not need removal or treatment.
Seborrheic keratosis treatment is not needed for medical purposes, but some people may want these growths removed. Larger growths can become unattractive or become irritated from jewelry or clothing. Cryotherapy or excision can be used to remove the growths. Once removed, the growth is unlikely to reoccur at the same location, but seborrheic keratosis can continue to appear at other places on the body.
If you have a growth on your skin that you want examined or removed, contact our dermatology team at Precision Medical Specialists. We offer seborrheic keratosis treatment and diagnosis at our medical center in Wellington, Florida. Contact our facility to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiang for seborrheic keratosis diagnosis or removal.