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Seborrhoeic keratoses / warts are benign growths due to a build-up of skin cells that are very common, harmless, and often pigmented

IN THESE VIDEOS, I EXPLAIN THE SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF SEBORRHOEIC KERATOSES – AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

In the videos above, I explain things in a simple way that applies to most people who have seborrhoeic keratoses. Of course, no video or website can replace the value of a personalised consultation. At your consultation, you can have your skin carefully examined and get an expert recommendation to help you resolve your condition.

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How do seborrhoeic keratoses impact people on a day-by-day basis?

AS THEY GROW, THEY CAN BECOME ITCHY, IRRITATED AND UNSIGHTLY. SOME PEOPLE FIND THEM COSMETICALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND WISH TO REMOVE THEM

Warts can be all shapes and sizes

From skin coloured to pink, light or dark brown, warts can range in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres across. They can be crusty, and bits of them can flake or crumble off.

You might have them on your torso, your head and neck

Numbers vary, and one person may have just one seborrhoeic keratosis while others can have several. Once present, they usually stay, and new ones often appear over the years. They are benign, harmless, and often asymptomatic.

They can be uncomfortable

They can be itchy or can get irritated and inflamed if caught on clothes or jewellery. Therefore, they can become uncomfortable,

They can be embarrassing

As they grow, they can become unsightly. Some people find them cosmetically unacceptable and wish to have them removed. They are called warts or seborrhoeic warts because they look warty in appearance. They are not contagious (unlike viral warts).

Prevention is unlikely but treatment is straightforward

Unfortunately, there are no specific measures you can take to prevent these warts from appearing. Furthermore, they are quite common and more likely to present in certain individuals. Fortunately, there are some straightforward treatment options if you are bothered by them or their appearance.

What my patients love about my service

MY PATIENTS ARE MY BEST PROMOTERS

Please pass on my thanks to Dr Pratsou for her assessment on my continued taking of roaccutane.

She was completely right, I didn’t need a new course, I needed to move away from the drug. The creams she gave me and Cetaphil recommendation have meant my skin has been the best it’s ever been (ongoing and since I saw her) ALL SUMMER :))))) I’ve had zero problems…and I’m loving it.

Thank you once again.


Phillip, Acne

“Dear Dr Pratsou,

Following the consultation today I feel it appropriate to say thank you for your help in dealing with my rosacea.

On each occasion, I have visited your department I have noticed the kindness and cheeriness of all the staff I have encountered and particularly wanted to say that you made me feel at ease with your calmness and excellent manner.

All is much appreciated.”


Anne, Rosacea

“Thank you very much!!

You three were (and are) a great team!

I will remember you.

You made me feel comfortable.”


Ellie

“Tania,

Please pass to Dr Pratsou my thanks for her skilled work.

The wound is healing beautifully and now the stitches are out it looks as though it will be almost invisible once fully healed.”


Graham, Skin cancer removal

“Dear Dr Penelope, Rena & the team, (I can’t remember the nurse’s name who helped me during my 2 procedures at the Spire!)

I wanted to thank you for your support and help during a very difficult time. You guys do a wonderful job – and we are eternally grateful for your help.”


Clarissa, Skin cancer

“I would like to put on record how impressed I was with the operation you performed for the removal of the SCC on my neck. I cannot even see where the cut or the stitches were! I am indeed very grateful for the excellent work you do.”


Harry, Squamous Cell Carcinoma

“Dear Dr Pratsou,

I am very grateful to you for your diagnosis, recommended treatment and advice. Your letter to my GP sets out both the course of events, and your own analysis of probable condition and possible cause, clearly summarising our discussion.

I hope there will be no recurrence but I will certainly come back to you if there is.”


Ryan, Skin rash

“Dear Tania,

Please pass on my thanks to Dr Pratsou. I saw her this morning for a mole check. She was so lovely and reassuring. Please also thank the two nurses who assisted her during the mole removal procedure. I was very nervous, but they were very efficient, which meant I did not have too long to think about it, but most of all they were very kind. They kept me distracted and calm, which made a huge difference. Thank you also for your efficiency in both booking me in so quickly.”


James, Mole removal
Dear Ms. Pratsou,

I am writing to thank you for the care you have given me in the past few months. From the moment I walked into your consulting room with a lesion on my cheek, a lesion that I fully expected to be some sort of skin cancer (and it was), you have been thorough, reassuring, respectful and in every way professional.

You recognised that I had some insight into the condition of my skin and the procedures required to treat me. You listened to me. You projected expertise and compassion.

During the procedure to remove the growth you ensured that the atmosphere in the treatment room remained not only calm, but actually pleasant. Had it not been that you were excising a growth and sewing me up, I almost felt as if you, me and the nurse were at some sort of women’s discussion group. The time flew by. I had zero anxieties about the procedure and as we both know now, the wound healed flawlessly.

Thank you for your expertise and your communication skills and all round good nature. I feel very lucky.


Karen Tatom, Skin cancer removal

We have replaced the images and names of real patients who provided these testimonials to protect their privacy.

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More information about seborrhoeic keratoses

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Seborrhoeic keratoses / warts are also known as seborrhoeic warts and as basal cell papillomas. They are benign growths due to a build-up of skin cells. Seborrhoeic keratoses / warts are very common, harmless, and often pigmented, growths on the skin.

Seborrhoeic keratoses / warts can be all shapes and sizes, from skin coloured to pink, light or dark brown.

They can range in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres across.

They can be crusty, and bits of them can flake or crumble off.

I often find them on the trunk, but they are also common on the head and neck. Numbers vary, and one person may have just one seborrhoeic keratosis while others can have several.

Once present, they usually stay, and new ones often appear over the years.

They are benign, harmless, and often asymptomatic.

They can be itchy or can get irritated and inflamed if caught on clothes or jewellery. Therefore, they can become uncomfortable,

As they grow, they can become unsightly. Some people find them cosmetically unacceptable and wish to have them removed.

The exact cause of seborrhoeic keratoses / warts is unknown. Sun exposure and human papillomavirus (HPV) are thought to be risk factors but they are benign and non-infectious. They can run in families.

I will carefully examine the lesion and all areas of the affected skin.

Some can look alarming and similar to melanoma. Therefore it’s important to examine the lesions both clinically and with a dermatoscope to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, I may need to do a small biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment options include:

  • cryotherapy – a gentle freezing of the seborrhoeic keratosis with a spray consisting of liquid nitrogen. I can perform this on the same day as your consultation
  • curettage and cautery – a minor procedure in which seborrhoeic keratoses / warts are scraped off and the base of the wound cauterised under local anaesthetic.

“Are seborrhoeic keratoses / warts contagious?”

They are called warts or seborrhoeic warts because they look warty in appearance. They are not contagious (unlike viral warts).

“How can I prevent seborrhoeic warts from appearing?”

Unfortunately, there are no specific measures you can take to prevent these warts from appearing. Furthermore, they are quite common and more likely to present in certain individuals.

Fortunately, there are some straightforward treatment options if you are bothered by them or their appearance.

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About the author

Dr Penelope Pratsou | Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

I’m Dr Penelope Pratsou, a skilled independent Consultant Dermatologist based in Berkshire. I have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all skin cancers, and in performing mole checks. I’m a trained skin surgeon and remove skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts.

I also have invaluable experience in dealing with all skin conditions, from the common skin complaints of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, to the rarer and more complex skin problems, having seen it all through years of NHS work.

After I obtained my Membership to the Royal College of Physicians, I undertook rigorous specialist training in dermatology, before being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. There, I helped set up and lead a busy clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected skin cancer. I was also actively involved in supervising and training both dermatology and GP trainees.

Alongside my increasingly busy private practice, I have maintained an NHS practice in Oxford in order to continue to engage with challenging cases and to develop my specialist interest in skin allergy.

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