Boardman, OH Treatment For Actinic Keratosis

Discover How To Prevent & Treat Solar Keratosis

Actinic keratosis (AK), also called solar keratosis, is a scabrous skin growth caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. In rare cases, actinic keratosis can form from artificial sources of UV such as X-rays. Often, these skin growths appear in groups called “keratoses.” The most common places for keratoses are facial areas prone to sun exposure such as the cheeks, forehead, ears, shoulders, scalp, and neck. Keratoses can also form on the limbs and specifically on the forearms, back of the hands, and shins.

Actinic keratosis affects more than 10 million Americans each year. These scaly lesions can match the patient’s healthy skin color or appear gray, pink, or red. Texturally, keratoses often start out flat and grow bulbous over time. The designation of actinic keratosis as a “precancerous” skin growth relates to the potential for malignant cells to form in the lesions and cause a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. Thus, treatment of actinic keratosis is essential. A dermatologist will biopsy the skin growth and base the treatment on those results.

  • Surgical removal occurs when the doctor slices off the lesion and then cauterizes the area.
  • Chemical peels remove keratoses by peeling off the top skin layer.
  • Cryosurgery involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off the lesion.
  • Photodynamic therapy involves the application of a dye to accentuate the lesion, which is then treated by a laser.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are topical medications that reduce inflammation in superficial cases of keratosis.
  • Chemotherapeutic agents, such as 5 Fluorouracil and Aldara can be applied as topical treatments.

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