What to Do About Keratosis

If you are fond of being outdoors all the time and staying under the sun’s bright rays, you may be at risk for what is known as keratosis. Keratoses, specifically the actinic kind, generally refer to small, uneven spots that feel rough and appear on a person’s skin, which has been constantly exposed to the sun. Also identified as solar keratosis, this kind of skin aberration targets fair-skinned people the most often, after these individuals have allowed themselves to be frequently exposed to the sun for many years. In diameter, the spots can measure between two to 6 millimeters. Typically  reddish in appearance, the spots feel rough to the touch. Yellow or white scales may often show up or develop on top of the patches. The problem with these spots is that they can be painful when they are rubbed with clothing or touched by hands.

The spots are commonly seen on the person’s face, scalp, and nape. There is also the possibility that the patches can develop on the top part of the hands and on your forearms. These places are the ones that are the most exposed to the sun when going outside. The thing that makes keratosis feared is that it can be potentially precancerous. Precancerous means that any actinic keratosis can become skin cancer. An actinic keratosis is diagnosed by doctors by a close examination of the spots. This is why one must see a doctor immediately when patches show up on your epidermis to see if they precancerous or not.

Prevention, like the old English proverb goes, is better than the cure. And the best way to prevent keratosis from occurring as well as to treat it, is through minimizing the time that one spends under the sun’s direct rays. For those that have the misfortune to already have the condition, keratosis removal is a likely solution to the problem.   Photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, diclofenac therapy, 5-fluorouracil therapy, imiquimod therapy, and the cutting or burning of the keratoses are several of the kinds of keratosis treatment.

You should visit your doctor annually to check your skin once you have been given keratosis treatment. Suspicious changes in your old keratoses may be a sign of cancer, which should be given diagnosis as soon as possible. Finally, my last word of advice to you is that after having keratosis, avoid being overly exposed to the sunshine so that you will prevent the patches from developing more.

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