Age warts are elevated skin changes. They are most common on the face, chest, and back. Age warts can come as early as the age of twenty and become more common with age. Warts do not infect and are completely harmless.
The name age blemishes come from the fact that the stains can resemble warts. Sometimes they are also called seborrheic warts or dandruff, which is a translation of the medical name seborrheic keratosis.
The warts are benign skin changes that do not turn into cancer.
Symptoms of age warts
Age warts often come quickly. The color can be anything from white to brownish-black but is usually light brown, brown or grayish black. The surface can be oily or dry and scaly.
You usually do not feel that you have age warts, but they can be quite large and easily visible. Sometimes they sit so that they scratch or get stuck in clothes.
Sometimes, but it is unusual, warts for a period of a few weeks can be inflamed and slightly sore. It is called inflamed or irritated age blemishes. It is common for them to then fall off.
Treatment for age warts
It is not possible to prevent age warts. If you have any problems with them, for example, if you find them to be unsightly, a doctor or nurse can easily remove them by scraping or freezing. You will have to pay for this treatment yourself. It is common for age warts to come back after they have been removed.
Since age warts never develop into cancer, they do not need to be cut off. It is usually easy for a doctor to assess what it is by looking at the skin change, but sometimes you may be able to have a skin test.
When should I seek care?
You should let a doctor examine the skin change if it bleeds or changes. The same applies if it becomes infected and does not get better in a few weeks.
You can contact a health care center if you are unsure if this is an age warning you have received.