Seborrheic keratoses are dark skin growths that appear in adulthood. Although they may be large and grow quickly, they are benign. Since they are not caused by sun damage, they can be found on areas both covered and uncovered by clothing. Seborrheic keratoses tend to run in families. Initially, they appear as slightly raised, light brown spots and evolve into darker, thicker lesions with rough, warty surfaces.
Seborrheic keratoses are generally harmless, and there aren’t many treatments beyond removing them. Some people choose to have them removed if the growths become unsightly or itch, or become irritated from rubbing against clothing. Removal methods include cryotherapy, shave biopsy, laser surgery, curettage and cautery.
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