Treatments For Keratosis

If you have too much keratin on your skin, you are vulnerable to keratosis. Our hair and nails is made of keratin. People’s nails and hair is made up of keratin. This is a factor to keratosis’ coarseness and bumpiness. Whatever kind of keratosis you have, there are many treatments available to cure them. The first action of course is medical consultation and diagnosis.

Treatments for Actinic Keratosis

Since actinic keratosis appear like warts, they can be removed by surgery or just drugs to make them fall off.

•    Cryosurgery involves the exposure of affected area to temperature extremes, specifically cold, commonly with liquid nitrogen. Once the AK is frozen, it would be easier to take it off.

•    In contrast of cryosurgery, electrocautery blazes off the affected area.

•    Laser procedures for AK is very effective.

•    Although Aldara is proposed for genital warts, it could work for AK as well. Aldara is a kind of drug under immune response modifier category.

•    5 Flouracil is also used for cancer treatment. It is an emulsion, usually in cream form that is applied to the AK to make it fall off by itself.

Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris resembles chicken skin. They are sometimes incorrectly identified as acne. The truth is, sad to say there is no cure for KP yet.

•    The use of creams with Tretinoin, the acid form of vitamin A can help alleviate this condition. Acne is treated with the same sort of cream. Tretinoin makes skin regenerate in a rapid way, thus, extra keratin won’t be produced on the skin.  There will be lesser probabilities of hair follicles getting clogged which results to KP.

•    Another kind of retinoid that can support in improving KP is Adapelene. Adapelene also exfoliates deceased skin.

Treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis resembles actinic keratosis, but in this case, this type of keratosis is greasy. Actually, they are harmless but they can make someone feel ugly. To get rid of this, the procedures are mentioned below.

•    Cryotherapy can be effective on thinner cases of SK.

•    Curettage is a method that uses a medical device called the curette. Sometimes curettage is combined with cryosurgery for efficiency.

•    Laser treatments are effective in removing SKs.

•    Another manner of SK treatment is electrocautery, which is also combined with curettage.

Now you are aware of the treatments, it is time to ask your doctor what type of treatment will be suitable for you.

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