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Treating The Various Forms Of Keratosis

The following is just rundown of the various types of keratosis treatment, given the topic’s broadness. To start off, let us discuss about the word keratosis. It is a term that is often used to describe a growth of keratin on a person’s skin. Keratin is the main organic constituent of the epidermis. The term keratosis can be used to refer to cutaneous horns, actinic keratosis, keratosis pilaris, and seborrheic keratosis. It can affect only a few parts of your skin but it can also affect the entire body.

Keratinous skin tumors called cutaneous horns usually appear like “horns” that can come in various sizes. Often benign, these “horns” are commonly localized and appear small. But they can also be malignant or premalignant. These keratinous skin tumors have been associated with radiation as part of the effects of being exposed to it. The quickest treatment for this form of keratosis is by using a sterile razor to remove the hardened, dead keratin. Other people with the condition engage in chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery as treatment.

With Actinic keratosis, the reddish patches of hard, scaly skin that are its symptoms might turn into a precancerous malignant skin condition. This skin condition is prevalent among people that have fair skin and seems to be caused by unprotected, chronic exposure to the sunlight. In order for the actinic keratosis not to develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a skin cancer, immediate treatment should be given to the afflicted individual. The backs of your hands, your chest, forearms, ears, scalp, face, neck, lips, etc. are often the most exposed to the sun which is why actinic keratosis often appears on them. Keratosis treatment for this condition may include photodynamic therapy, electrocautery, cryosurgery, use of medicated creams like 5-fluorouracil, and use of lasers. Regular check ups are a must after finishing treatment, according to doctors.

Keratosis pilaris, or follicular keratosis, is a follicular condition that commonly appears coarse, uneven bumps on the skin. You can see the bumps on one’s flanks, thighs, buttocks, hands, and the tops of the legs. When an excess quantity of keratin is produced and entraps hair follicles in their pores, this causes keratosis pilaris. Engaging in palliative treatments is recommended. Keratosis pilaris may also be cured using creams that have Triamcinolone or Tretinoin.

Seborrheic keratosis refers to skin growth that is always benign and typically appears among the elderly. Its cause is really not clear. It comes from keratinocytes, looks like warts and can appear in shades from light tan to black.

Because of the fact that seborrheic keratosis is noncancerous, treatment is usually unnecessary. On the other hand, if the itchiness too hard to bear and if the lesions have become infected, cryosurgery is what you require. Light electrocautery, cryotherapy, shave excision, electrodessication and curettage can also be used in this case.

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