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Seborrheic Keratosis Causes , Symptoms & Treatment

Seborrheic Keratosis Causes Symptoms and treatment using Essential Tea tree Oil and Apple Cider vinegar home remedies with frequently asked questions

What Seborrheic Keratosis is ?

My uncle on his 70th birthday saw a brownish black growth on his face. The growth had a waxy, scaly,Slightly elevated appearance. He was concerned and so was the household. One of the invitees to the party thrown in the evening was the family doctor. He looked at the growth and shrugged his shoulders. This is nothing but Seborrheic keratosis i.e. one of the most common non-cancerous growth in the elderly. We were all relieved and the party went on with gusto.

Seborrheic Keratosis Warts

Uncle had although a qualified engineer had debonair looks, In his college he was dubbed the most handsome and eligible bachelor, He was still vain about his looks and did not want a mere unpronounceable scaly thing to depreciate his face value. He sought advice from commoners to specialists.

Treatment of Seborrheic Keratosis

What specialist said??

Dr. Pradeep Khatri (M.B.B.S, M.D)

Seborrheic keratosis can be treated by freezing it with liquid Nitrogen, This modern technology is an effective treatment.

Alternatively scrap the skin surface with cottage a special instrument.

  • Electric current can also be used to burn the surface.
  • Finally Laser treatment is also an effective therapy(ablation)

The choice depends upon the cost and the availability of treatment.

 What did the commoner say?
  1. It is fine, why be so bothered about your looks at this age, Focus on holistic health and practice Pranayam and yoga for general well being  However if you insist you can try the following remedies.
  2. Take warm baths, it will reduce associated itching and irritation, It will also loosen and unclog the skin pores. Face can also be exposed to warm steam for 5-10 minutes every day a couple of times, using a steamer.

However it will not go on its own, or by the application of face creams. 

Home Remedies for Seborrheic Keratosis

Aloe Vera extract is effective in reducing inflammation associated with Seborrheic keratosis. Aloe Vera has excellent anti inflammatory properties. The severity of the trouble will be greatly reduced.It has an additional benefit of giving a fresh look to the face. 

Seborrheic keratosis treatment tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties It is useful for various skin conditions. It is not normally applied directly to the diseased part. It is diluted with oil such as coconut before application.

Pure trichloroacetic acid can also be used for the treatment of skin issues. The process has to be repeated for several weeks or until full results have been achieved.

  1. Tazarotene cream can also be applied for the process and works under certain conditions.
  2. The FDA has approved 40% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide for treatment of Seborrheic 
  3. Keratoses in adults. Hydrogen peroxide has anti-bacterial properties and is readily available over the counter.

SKs are Largely non cancerous and if found on the other parts of the body can be safely ignored. They need treatment if they become irritable or unsightly. 

Seborrheic Keratosis After Treatment

The only aftermath of their removal is little lighter skin texture, which may or may not disappear over time.

The exact cause for the occurrence of the SKs is not known, however hereditary does appear to play a role. They are known to run in families. Men tend to show more instances compared to women . SKs are easy to diagnose and do not need a biopsy, however they might need specialized attention to distinguish them from other skin conditions such as dermoscopy may be helpful in some cases to distinguish SK from solar lentigines, lichenoid keratoses, and benign and malignant melanocytic proliferations.

Seborrheic keratoses are noncancerous (benign) skin growths that some people develop as they age. They often appear on the back or chest, but can occur on any part of the body. … They usually look like they’ve been stuck onto the skin. While some are tiny, others grow larger than 3 cm in diameter. Most insurance plans in India do not cover Seborrheic keratoses, and specialized treatment is confined to major city enters hence people opt for herbal treatment. The results are often mixed varying from individual to ndividual. There is very slight scientific data to back the result.

Seborrheic Keratosis Herbal Treatment

HERBAL TREATMENT in India is a rage, It’s brand ambassador is Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. His company Patanjali (named after the father of Yoga) has a slew of products . They range from creams to face wash to detergents to tooth paste You name it Patanjali either has it or is in the process of producing it. It has its own TV channel. Baba has millions of devotees and honestly said his devotion to Yoga is parallel. He is responsible for spreading healthiness and well being to millions of Indian households. Truth be told had he been a westerner, he would have won the noble price for peace (After all Obama won for a mere speech and Al Gore for his documentary on nature). He still might win, with yoga becoming an international rage.

My  uncle partially fearing surgery and partially impressed by Baba  decided to opt for the herbal treatment, His Seborrheic Keratoses is not completely gone but greatly reduced in size and inflammation.  He has become an unwitting sales man for the Baba in his peer group.

At his age what is needed is mental peace company of peer group and general well being. 

Seborrheic keratoses has introduced him to all the above. It has also taught him that health cannot be taken for granted and looks do matter in a certain age but beyond that, it is mere vanity.  As they say Beauty is skin deep or with the occurrence of Seborrheic Keratoses on the exposed part of the skin it is non existent.

Seborrheic Keratosis FAQ

Can seborrheic keratosis grow quickly

Most of the times. it doesn’t require. For precautions you must visit a skin specialist. There may be a chance to care for it. This can confirmed by a skin specialist which observes a various symptoms in it.

Do seborrheic keratosis grow back after removal?

This do not happens in most case, but if it happens then some tests are made on it. These test are done to confirm if it is cancer or not. After the treatment a tissue sample is taken for tests. It is suggested that you should never remove a seborrheic keratosis yourself.

How can you tell the difference between melanoma and seborrheic keratosis?

Melanoma is slight different disease where the skin cancer is mostly dead and seems to be same shape and color.

Do seborrheic keratosis get bigger?

No, in most cases it does not grow. Most of them even don’t require treatment. If the spot grows black , itchy or bleed (in some cases) , then immediately seek a doctor. This can also be a sign of cancer in the body.

Are seborrheic keratosis itchy?

Seborrheic keratosis lesions are usually round and irregular and pin size to an inch in diameter. This generally is in old people. The affected portion is not painful but is itchy as you grow older. If you scratch or pick a lesion then it becomes red and starts bleeding.

Does salicylic acid work on seborrheic keratosis?

The common used AHA is glycolic acid & BHA is salicylic acid. The chemical peeling is having 20% to 70% glycolic acid. This can be used by skin specialist to treat ichthyosis, acne, xerosis, actinic keratosisseborrheic keratoses, warts, and psoriasis.

Can laser remove seborrheic keratosis?

Yes , laser treatment can remove the seborrheic keratosis. An intense beam. of light burns and destroy the growth. Laser treatment causes no scarring, but this can cause permanent skin lightening.

Can a mole turn into seborrheic keratosis?

Do not consider seborrheic keratosis as a preliminary cancer. These are often a brown & patchy spot which can appear on body anywhere.

Is seborrheic keratosis hereditary?

Sometimes people get more spot as they age. Some of us stay with same spot. But a seborrheic keratosis may erupt during hormone displacement and pregnancy.

Is seborrheic keratosis a wart?

Seborrheic keratosis: It causes wart like lesions which are seen as apainless and stucked spot on skin. The raised portion is yellow or brown.

What will remove seborrheic keratosis?

The removal of seborrheic keratoses  can be done in a various ways i.e. Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery). Cryosurgery is an effective way in removing the spots. It do not works only on the spot but it also lighten the skin.

Can seborrheic keratosis go away by itself?

Seborrheic keratosis do not get away on their own. They are removed with a specialized way. There is no doubt you should get them removed and it non -cancerous.

Seborrheic Keratosis treatment tea tree oil

Will tea tree oil get rid of seborrheic keratosis?

Tea tree oil is used to treat many skin diseases. It contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.. This helps in treating the spots. It is applied with a carrier oil i.e. coconut oil or olive oil.

What diet should be avoid in order to prevent seborrheic keratosis?

These are citrus fruits, dairy products, eggs, gluten or wheat, soy, spices, such as vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, tomatoes with some types of nuts.

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