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Natural treatment for seborrheic keratosis

Updated February 21, 2017

Seborrheic keratosis is a noncancerous skin growth that is flat or raised and resembles the scab from a healing wound. It is sometimes mistaken for skin cancer or a common wart. The growths range in size from a few centimetres to an inch. Seborrheic keratosis is most often seen in older people and is sometimes referred to as the barnacles of old age.

Wart Removal Treatment

Purchase a wart removal treatment over the counter at any chemist or major department store. Wart removers provide a liquid nitrogen type treatment that freezes the keratosis. Your physician can provide you with a similar type treatment but at a much stronger dosage. The home remedy may take a lot longer to work but will eventually reduce the size of the skin condition.

Blood Supply

Have someone tie a hair at the base of the growth and tie it tight. This will only work if the growth is long. The hair will cut off blood flow to the growth, which will eventually kill it. This method can be painful, especially initially and can cause a lot of irritation. The growth will gradually turn dark, shrivel up and fall off at the site. It may take several weeks to over a month for this to happen.

Time

Wait for the condition to go away. Many times the keratosis will go away on its own without any treatment. This can take years, but the more you pick at the skin, the greater the chances of infection. In some instances it might be better to leave it alone if you do not plan on seeing your physician.

Cool Compresses

Apply cool compresses directly to the skin to ease the irritation. This treatment will not make the growths go away but they can ease the symptoms that are associated with them and make them more tolerable to deal with. Wet a washcloth with cool water and wring it out to remove all of the excess water. Apply it directly to the skin. Repeat as often as necessary.

Vitamin D

Take a vitamin D supplement to help eliminate the seborreic keratosis. Vitamin D is said to help balance the skin and produce a healthier complexion. Skin conditions can be a warning sign of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body when it is exposed to sunlight.

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Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.