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Seborrheic Keratosis

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily do from your local dermatologist!

So what’s a seborrheic keratosis? And you might have heard them called as barnacles on the ship of life or you might have heard them called wisdom spots or any sort of other name for them. They are basically bumps that kind of, a little bit, look like warts that start growing all over your body and you get more of them the wiser you get so it’s a gift from God every year on your birthday. Now these are not necessarily concerning, but the very first step is to make sure you have the right diagnosis because it is a new lesion on your body and it’s growing and changing. So, anything that’s new, growing, changing or simply not healing has to be looked at by your local dermatologists to determine what the diagnosis is. Now for the vast majority of these we just leave them alone. There’s two reasons that we treat them. These two reasons are that they’re becoming symptomatic, in other words, they’re rubbing on your clothing or they’re on your eye and they’re blocking your vision or they’re itchy and bothersome, you’re scratching them or they bleed or something like this. So they’re symptomatic. They’re causing problems in your life. The other reason we remove them is for cosmetic reasons. People just don’t like how they look. Now if you’re removing them for cosmetic reasons, you don’t bill insurance for those. Just like insurance doesn’t cover a haircut. They’re not going to cover something you don’t like how it looks, but we can treat them and there’s a couple different ways that we can treat them but usually we use liquid nitrogen and we freeze it and it falls off. So, please watch our liquid nitrogen video or the cryosurgery video so that you know what that entails, but in all things, if we think it’s a wisdom spot like a seborrheic keratosis and we treat it like a wisdom spot and it doesn’t go away like a wisdom spot should, you got to talk to your local dermatologist to figure out, one, do we just need to freeze it stronger or treat it stronger or two, do we need to reassess the initial diagnosis?

Look at your skin today and see a Dermatologist if you notice anything new, changing or growing.

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