A seborrheic keratosis is a type of skin growth. They can be unsightly, but the growths aren’t harmful. However, in some cases a seborrheic keratosis can be difficult to distinguish from melanoma, a very serious type of skin cancer. In many cases, a seborrheic keratosis doesn’t need treatment. However, a doctor may decide to remove any growths that have a suspicious appearance or cause physical or emotional discomfort. Three commonly used removal methods are cryosurgery, electrosurgery, and curettage.
Seborrheic keratoses also darken gradually and can turn black. They are normally painless and do not require treatment. Even though anybody can develop this condition, it tends to be inherited. People who are older than forty and have a family member who has developed seborrheic keratoses have a higher chance of developing it. It is also important to consult a doctor if you find that many growths have developed over a short period of time such as few weeks.