Actinic Keratosis: How To Identify And Treat One

Actinic keratosis is a premalignant condition of scaly, crusty, or thick, flat and raised, patches or bumps that forms on the skin surface. It can also be called solar keratosis and senile keratosis. In common term, it can be called sun spot or precancerous spot. The abbreviated term for this is “AK.” From pinhead size up to more than once inch across, its sizes can vary. Its color may be light or dark, pink, red, tan, or a combination of these colors.

Touching the actinic keratosis can confirm its development rather than merely seeing it. The scale or the crust is horn-like, dry and rough. A sharply painful sensation can be sensed when one has this. An individual can experience itchiness most especially after being exposed in the sun. Many actinic keratoses have the tendency to exhibit in groups in body parts that are exposed to the sun most of the time. Most common areas are backs of hands, lips, face, ears, neck, foreams, and scalp that is bald.

Considering that it may be a sign of development of skin cancer, this condition is said to be harmful. Skin cancer is usually not threatening to one’s life as long as this is detected right away and treated right before it develops. Without appropriate medical attention, actinic keratoses are most likely to grow bigger and invade the surrounding tissues as the infection worsens.

It has to be noted that over time, damage from the sun to the skin can be accumulated. One thing to consider is the bouncing off of ultraviolet on reflective surfaces. Fair-skinned people are responsive to this condition of the skin. The same way goes for those who have green, gray or blue eyes, and those who have red or blonde hair. This is attributed by the less pigments that are protection to the sun. Dark-colored skins may likewise be affected by this condition.

Several kinds of treatments can be pondered over for the treatment of actinic keratosis. Nevertheless, not all actinic keratosis necessitates removal. One of the most known treatment for this is cryosurgery. This is done through application of liquid nitrogen which in turn freezes off lesions. A special device for spraying of a cotton-tipped applicator is utilized here.

Topical cream is medicated to an individual who have several lesions. Another technique is through chemical peels or curettage where scraping of lesion is done.

It is recommended to see a dermatologist if you need to know more about this skin condition and for you to treat them properly.

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