Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratoses are incredibly common growths.  They typically look like rough brown patches or bumps.  They often lead to a visit to the dermatologist due to their appearance for reasons of unsightliness, concerns about cancer, itching or bleeding.  Fortunately, these are benign growths that seem to occur for no reason. They are more common in middle age and seniors. Although most common on the trunk, they can occur on the face, scalp, arms and legs. Treatments for seborrheic keratosis include:

Cryotherapy: A very cold liquid, called liquid nitrogen, is applied directly to the lesion with spray or a cotton-tipped applicator. The seborrheic keratosis may form a blister and subsequently become a scab which will fall off within a few days.

Electrosurgery and curettage: This method involves numbing the seborrheic keratosis with anesthetic and applying an electric current to the lesion. An instrument called a curette is used to scrape the treated growth.

Topical therapy: Recently, a topical option for treating seborrheic keratosis has become available. ESKATATM  is a prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide solution that is applied to each lesion at the dermatologist’s office.  More than one application may be necessary to achieve clearance.