I went to see a dermatologist yesterday for a rash I’ve had on my upper arm for some time. Of course, as I told him, the best way to make a rash go away is to make an appointment with a dermatologist. He wrote me a prescription for an ointment and I asked him about a few other spots, including the spot on my face that I hate. My doctor had just said it didn’t look cancerous so don’t worry about. The kind dermatologist offered to freeze it off though. I was utterly delighted. Later I looked up the appointment to see what he’d prescribed and noticed that officially I’d had a seborrheic keratoses. “Huh,” I thought and promptly googled it, as one does. It’s common name is…wait for it: a senile wart.


I know both my pregnancies were considered geriatric pregnancies and I’ve gotten used to that phrase but this seemed particularly insulting. According to google, “a seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults.”

Well at least it doesn’t say elderly.

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  1. I have one of those on my forehead! My dermatologist said it would cost $125 to remove, so I left it. Now that I know it’s called a senile wart, I want it off!