Let us begin with the most common benign skin growth we see, the Seborrheic Keratoses, abbreviated S.K. Often people become alarmed because these lesions can gradually enlarge, or increase in number over the years. Here are some tips on how to recognize SK’s. Typically they feel soft and velvety although they can be quite scaly or crusty. They can range from large, flat, soft velvety thickenings of the skin to small dark bumps. SK lesions can appear anywhere on the body, from the face to the feet. On the ankles, they are often whitish bumps called Stucco Keratoses. If you take sections of these growths.
And look at them under a microscope, you would see thickening of the outer layers of the skin. Because these lesions are on the surface of the skin, they can be scratched off easily. Once again, despite their sometimes scary appearance, SK lesions are always benign, and cannot lead to skin cancer. They do increase in size and number with age. I affectionately call them wisdom spots. They do not extend below the skin or cause any harm. Generally they do not bleed unless accidentally scratched. Since they are not warts, they are not contagious.
And cannot to spread to others. On rare occasions, SK’s can become very itchy. Applying an overthecounter Hydrocortisone cream for a few days may help. If the SK becomes sore, the surrounding skin becomes red, and the surface develops a black scab or crust, it may be a sign of an infection. This is called an inflamed SK. If you think you have an inflamed SK, or if you have been diagnosed with an inflamed SK, there are two possibilities for treatment. SK’s that are inflamed at the time of an office.
Visit can be removed either with freezing or with a scalpel under local anesthesia. If you have an infection, an antibiotic will also be prescribed. The removal and treatment of inflamed SK’s is considered a benefit that is covered Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. SK’s that are not inflamed, are not bleeding, or do not have pieces of dead tissue present at the time of an office visit are considered a normal part of aging. Their removal would not be covered as a Kaiser Permanente Health Plan benefit. If you have a SK that is not.