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A 26-year-old female asked:

what can i do if i have acanthosis nigricans?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Acanthosis nigricans: See a gynacologist endocrinologist. You may have pcos. Once under treatment for your gynacological condition your skin condition will slowly get better.
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
Not much: But should follow a low carbohydrate diet because diabetes is frequent. Use metformin when fertility is an issue.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Acanthosis nigricans--weird term. What is it?

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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Yes: Acanthosis nigricans is a common skin finding associated with Insulin resistance, or the syndrome that leads to type ii diabetes. It is a velvety browth plaque, usually on the back of the neck and in the armpits, and it usually has some skin tags within it.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

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Dr. Shala Fardin
Dermatology 18 years experience
Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! if it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Some lasers and prescription creams may help. Most importantly, the underlying cause needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin changes as well!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Whats acanthosis nigricans?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Dark skin: It is a disorder where the skin gets thicker and darker as you gain weight usually, however there are some patients who have normal body weight still have the problem. It usually is on the cheeks, neck, underarms, groin, elbows, knees, ankles, knuckle area hands and feet.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Does acanthosis nigricans wipe off?

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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 33 years experience
no: Nacanthosis nigricans is a condition characterized by abnormal thickening and darkening of the skin, especially in body creases. It is most commonly associated with obesity or polycystic ovarian disease in women, though acanthosis nigricans can occasionally be found in people who have more serious underlying health problems or who are taking certain medications. Treatment of cause will help.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

Acanthosis nigricans are dangerous?

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Dr. Joseph Mathews
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Acnathosis Nigricans: Is a skin condition characterized by areas of dark, velvety discoloration in body folds and creases. It typically is a sign of another disorder such as diabetes , obesity with Insulin resistance, hypothyroidism or adrenal insufficiency. However, it can also be a sign of stomach or liver cancer.

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