Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis are benign skin growth that are black, brown, or tan in color. They generally appear in older adults and can be seen in the head, neck, back, or chest. It is most often confused with melanoma, as they have a raised and scaly surface, and they can grow up to an inch.

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I have developed a small raised, wart on my chest and have been using 2 % Hydrocortisone cream with no effect. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 58-year-old female, in the last seven days, I have developed a small raised, round wartlike sore on my chest. In the last three years, I have had two instances of sebaceous cysts (one in my cleavage and one on the back of my neck) that had to be opened and drained. I take only vi...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for your query.I understand your concern. It seems you have developed infected seborrheic keratosis or maybe eczematous dermatitis. You can use topical Mupirocin ointment and take oral tablets of Azithromycin or Augmentin antibiotic for five days after consulti...  Read Full »

What is the new mark on my forehead developed last week?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a new mark on my forehead that has developed over the last week or so. It feels a bit crusty and is somewhat sore. But it does not look like a scab or a mole. What can it be?  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your concern can be the following: Polymorphic light eruption (PLE). Seborrhoeic keratosis. I suggest you try using the following: Hydrocortisone cream, once daily at bedtime for a week. Neutrogena sunscreen of SPF 50 during noon. Avoid direct sunlight between 10 to 3 P...  Read Full »

I am a 76-year-old male with no history of cancer. cancer. Are there chances for the small mole on my shoulder to be cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 76-year-old male with no history of cancer. I have a small mole on my shoulder. Could it be cancerous? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. The condition appears to be seborrheic keratosis. It appears due to multiple reasons, including genetic susceptibility, where it runs in the family and may be transmitted genetically, due to excess sun exposure, a...  Read Full »

I have had a mole near my pubic area, which does not itch or pain. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, Is this a mole or just a seborrheic keratosis? It is located in my pubic area. I noticed it about three months ago. Although I have had it for a few months, I have no pain or itchiness.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per the history and image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it appears as and may be provisionally diagnosed as seborrheic keratosis (SK). Although it usually appears on the face, arms, and back, SK may also ...  Read Full »

My 60-year-old mother has had a black mole on her left cheek for six years without any symptoms. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom, who is now 60-year-old has a black mole kind of mark on her left cheek. It was there even six years before, but it was less noticeable. She does not have any itching or pain, or bleeding on the mole, and the mole remained almost the same size. But there may be a slight increase i...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to is a seborrheic keratosis. It is a benign epidermal growth that can be removed with a cautery if desired. Treatment is done only for cosmetic reasons.Take care.  Read Full »

I have many bumps that are joining together and growing big. How to get rid of them?

Query: Hello doctor, I have many mole types of bumps joining up together. They have a waxy look and sometimes there is a yellow keratin-like fluid coming out of them. It is above my lip and no it is not cold sores. It has been growing over the last year. How can I remove it as it is getting big? They are b...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the clinical photographs attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The differential diagnoses are: Closed comedones. Molluscum contagiosum. Milia. The treatment for all the above is needling and curettage. In the case of mo...  Read Full »

Is the bump in the left side of my shaved penis a wart?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26 year old male. On Monday night, I trimmed my pubic hair and while doing so, I felt a nick while trimming the bottom left side of my penis. After that, I shaved with a razor. On Tuesday morning, I noticed a bump and thought it might have been from the nick, but now I am startin...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query. From your description, the issue seems to be verruca plana or seborrhoeic keratosis. I suggest you go for cryotherapy. Until then, do not use a razor for shaving, as it might cause it to spread. For further queries consult a dermatolo...  Read Full »

How to confirm melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on the right side of my face. It is uneven, weirdly colored, has no clear lines and bleed easily if scratched. I have a lot of moles in my scalp but none like this. Could it be melanoma? If it is not then can I just scratch it off? I wish to know your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per experience only two skin diseases looks like this. The first one is of course melanoma and the second is seborrheic keratosis. The main signs and symptoms of melanoma are ...  Read Full »

Can you give a second opinion for my skin pigmentation?

Query: Hi doctor,I am seeking a second opinion on an issue. Recently, a doctor at a skin cancer clinic observed my hands and arms and noticed sunspots on my hands. I have something similar on my right inner forearm. In the past, I have noticed a spot growing adjacent to this. Another, dermatologist felt th...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Blotchy pigmentation is a common problem noticed in patients above 50 years of age. A sensitive skin predisposes more to such pigmentary changes. Your clinical images are suggestive of macular seborrheic keratosis or solar lentigo, both of which are benign. Although, comm...  Read Full »

Why are there few dark spots seen on the penis shaft?

Query: Hi doctor, Today while bathing, I noticed a few dark spots on my penis shaft. I am currently taking medication for high blood pressure.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Please send a few more good-quality photographs taken in natural light from different angles and distances. Do you any symptoms? I am looking forward to your response to help you. Regards.   Read Full »

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