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Benign Skin Tumors Treatments


Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Because seborrheic keratoses do not pose a threat to your health, the best course of action may be to leave them alone. However, if they itch or become irritated, or if you feel they affect your appearance, they can be removed.

Treatment options include:

Topical Medications

Alpha-hydroxy lotions or mild steroid creams help with itching and irritation, but do not remove the lesion.

Cryosurgery: Removal by Freezing

Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy the cells of the seborrheic keratosis but leave the underlying connective tissue intact. This procedure leaves a crust that falls off after several days. There might be a flat scar or lighter colored skin.

Surgical Removal: Scraping or Shaving off

Your doctor can use a scalpel or razor to cut the growth off leaving a little scarring.

Laser Removal

The growths can be burned off with a laser (rarely necessary).

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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