The Importance Of Identifying The Type Of Keratosis In Choosing The Most Applicable Treatment


Do you know what those skin lesions might be? This is called keratosis – the development of excess protein named keratin in the skin. In general, treatment is undertaken for the following reasons: to prevent its development into cancer or other malignant tumors; or in cases of benign keratosis, to eliminate discomfort or plainly to remove the presence of these unsightly skin blemishes. The most important things to consider before choosing the treatment that is right for you are to let an specialist identify your keratosis type and to determine its cause. This will not be that simple for there are three keratosis types. These three – actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis and keratosis pilaris – in conjunction with their treatments, will be the main spotlight of this article.

First up is actinic keratosis having the terms “solar keratosis” and “senile keratosis” as its substitute names. The formation of bumps that are consolidated, coarse and diverse in color but usually reddish to brownish on sun-exposed body parts is its manifestation. Its most usual causes are prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays and old age. Although this type is seldomly painful or itchy, this can progress into malignant conditions. Therefore, this should be treated at the earliest stage possible to prevent its progression to cancer. Drug therapy, the use of cryogens, the use of laser, photodynamic therapy, electrocautery or surgery are the treatment options for actinic keratosis.

Differently, the typical lesions of seborrheic keratosis are located on parts of the body not usually exposed such as the chest and the back. However, from all its dissimilarities with actinic keratosis, the quality that stands out the most is its waxiness or greasiness. Moreover, unlike actinic keratosis, this type does not progress to cancer. Therefore, you will worry only about your physical appearance and the minor skin complications that result from your skin rubbing with your apparel. Genetics and prolonged sun exposure are the causes of seborrheic keratosis . It actually does not need treatment for it is non-cancerous. Still, treatments are ready to remove these skin lesions if you want your skin blemish-free. These are the use of laser, electrocautery, the use of surgical instruments, curettage or cryosurgery.

Genetics is the single most important factor in the development of the third type – keratosis pilaris, usually called follicular keratosis. This is also characterized by rough bumps on the skin, usually red and that are usually located at the back and outer arm. This type is caused by the growth of excess keratin which enclose hair follicles; thus, the manifestation of miniature, firm growths. It is also benign, like seborrheic keratosis, so treatments are only for the manifestations. Symptoms are managed with photodynamic therapy, laser therapy or the use of medications.

Currently, obtaining any treatment regimen for any of the three keratosis types is not a problem. But if you hate to have skin cancer, to feel any discomfort due to skin itching, edema and unsightliness, you have to ensure the safety and health of your skin. And this is done through proper diet, adequate hydration, regular exercise and adequate rest and sleep.

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