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Seborrheic keratoses: Tips for managing

Most seborrheic keratoses do not require treatment. You should see a dermatologist if the growth:

  • Grows quickly, turns black, itches, or bleeds (possible signs of skin cancer)

  • Appears suddenly, along with many other new skin growths (possible sign of cancer inside the body)

  • Differs from what a typical seborrheic keratosis looks like

  • Looks dry, flat, rough, and scaly (it could be an actinic keratosis, which can progress to a type of skin cancer)

  • Becomes easily irritated, such as from shaving or clothes rubbing against it

  • Displeases you and you want it removed

Do not try to remove a seborrheic keratosis yourself. There is a risk of infection.