Is Aldara appropriate for seborrheic keratosis?
- 29 Jul 2010 by pjoy
- 29 July 2010
Hello, No it is used for actinic keratosis (is a scaly or crusty bump that forms on the skin surface. They are also called solar keratosis, sun spots, or precancerous spots.-)
Imiquimod is an immune response modifier. Imiquimod topical is used to treat actinic keratosis (a condition caused by too much sun exposure) on the face and scalp.
Imiquimod topical is also used to treat a minor form of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma, when surgery would not be an appropriate treatment.
Imiquimod topical also treats genital warts that appear on the outside of the body, but this medicine is not a cure for genital warts.
Seborrheic keratosis is a benign form of skin tumortumor. The cause is unknown. The condition commonly appears after age 40.
Symptoms are skin growths that:
Are located on the face, chest, shoulders, back, or other areas
Are usually painless, but may become irritated and itchitch
Are yellow, brown, black, or other colors
Have a slightly elevated, flat surface
May have a rough or wart-like texture
Often have a waxy surface
Have a round-to-oval shape
May have a "pasted-on" appearance
May be single, but are usually multiple growths
Exams and Tests
Diagnosis is based primarily on the appearance of the growths. A skin lesion biopsyskin lesion biopsy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment is usually not required unless the growths become irritated or are unsightly.
If treatment is needed, growths may be removed with surgery or freezing (cryotherapycryotherapy).
Removing the growths is simple and usually does not result in scars. However, growths on the trunk often leave the skin lighter colored.
In rare cases, a person who gets many growths very quickly may have gastric cancergastric cancer.
Growths usually do not return after they are removed, but people who are prone to this condition may develop more growths in the future.
Good luck..take care.
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