Characteristics

  • Warty or rough, "stuck-on" appearing light tan to brown or dark brown growths on the head and neck, trunk and extremities
  • Range in size from a couple of millimeters to several centimeters
  • Appear with increasing age and are hereditary
  • Can be numerous and some patients have hundreds
  • Most people over 50 have at least one
  • Although benign, they can mimic the appearance of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma

Treatment

  • No treatment is usually required
  • If they become inflamed and itch, burn or bleed they can be removed with liquid nitrogen ("freezing") or dessication and curretage, ("scrape and burn")