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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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 »

Is getting moles in chest area within short period a concerning issue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. I have never had an increase in moles, except for the past two weeks I have had over 50 show up on my chest. In the past two months, I moved from one country to another, and a month ago, I had a really bad sunburn in Indonesia.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Moles are genetic collection of melanocytes which go through a cycle of emerging in childhood then become darker and fade by middle ages. In fair skin up to 50 are normal more than that increase the risk for skin cancer. And change in size, symmetry, color, symptoms als...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of recurrent growing mole to be melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a protruded mole on my leg (light color but it will become black if in contact with water), it lasts for about two or three years or more. I have no symptoms other than it will fall off as time pasts and grow back itself. I was wondering what would it be as I am worried if that is...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and examined your given picture. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems you have developed seborrheic keratosis or a mole. Do you have this mole since birth? Nothing looks like melanoma. Shave excision with the histopatholog...  Read Full »

I have sore on my forehead. Shall I try Sulfa antibiotic?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to my doctor yesterday for a sore on my forehead. I was concerned it would be skin cancer. He agreed that it looked strange, and suggested a Sulfa antibiotic to see if it is getting better. If not he told me to come back again. I am curious about it. Kindly give me an opinion on...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can see it has formed scab now, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and it could be, Folliculitis (I see a similar small red spot on the scalp), it responds to topical antibiotics like Clindamycin 1 %, Mupirocin 2 %. Irritated seborrheic keratosis ...  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 as follows: ...  Read Full »

What could the lesions on the back of a 65-year-old man be?

Query: Hello doctor, My dad is 65 years old and has lesions on his back. I have attached images for your reference. What could these be? He has a normal liver function test although his abdominal ultrasound shows fatty liver grade 2. He also has a normal lipid profile.  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have viewed the images attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The dark spots are perhaps seborrheic keratosis which is a benign epidermal skin lesion. They are a part of aging and only of cosmetic concern. If desired, the seborrheic kera...  Read Full »

I have got round dark spots on the face. Please advice on how to remove it.

Query: Hello doctor, I have got round dark spots on face. It was light initially and became darker later on. Give me advice on how to remove it.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like seborrheic keratosis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Is it raised above the skin surface? Since how long do you have it?  Read Full »

Does the mole on my back look like seborrheic keratosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an ugly mole on my back. I saw a dermatologist about a year ago. I am sure he looked at this and I thought he may be said it was an S.K. but it does appear to have gotten darker than I remember it. It looks different than my other moles. A bit concerned.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Clinically, this looks like SK, seborrheic keratosis, it is not a mole (attachment removed to protect patient identity). SK is a benign growth of epidermal cell called keratinocyte. Whereas a mole or benign nevus is the benign growth of melanocyte. In the picture, It ha...  Read Full »

I have some black spots on penile skin. What are these?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having some black spots on penile skin. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be seborrheic keratosis or maybe a mole or wart. For further information consult a dermatologist online -->   Read Full »

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