What is Verrucous Keratosis ?

Verrucous Keratosis is one of the classifications of Seborrheic Keratosis, non-cancerous benign skin growth that begins to form in the keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the epidermis, the top-most layer of the skin. Verrucous keratosis are visible as the person ages. In fact, it is also known as the ‘barnacles of old age’.

Verrucous Keratosis Symptoms and Treatment

The lesions can be of various colors from light brown to black.  The lesions  are somewhat elevated, oval or round and look like 1 inch warts.  They tend to look melanoma skin cancer but has nothing to do with it.

There is no need for treatment as such. If there is a risk of localized infection, if  one picks on the lesion and it becomes itchy. If there is an infection, Verrucous Keratosis can be treated by cryosurgery.  Little lesions can be treated with light electrocautery while the larger ones can be treated with cyrotherapy.


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