Seborrheic keratoses, also known as “age spots” and “barnacles of the skin”, are benign skin growths that commonly occur in adults and the elderly.  They are most commonly seen on the face, chest, shoulders, back, and other areas.  They are usually asymptomatic but can become irritated, tender, or itchy.  Seborrheic keratoses sometimes are mistaken for warts because they often have a rough or wart-like surface and have a “stuck-on” appearance.  Treatment is usually not indicated unless the growths become irritated, bleed, or are tender. Treatment with curettage, shave removal, or liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery) is usually successful.



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