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Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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What's acanthosis nigricans?

What's acanthosis nigricans?

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.

Dr. Chuck Shaffer Dr. Shaffer
Bariatrics
29 years in practice
Spartan Health Sciences University, School Of Medicine
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Does acanthosis nigricans wipe off?

Does acanthosis nigricans wipe off?

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.

Dr. Joseph Mathews Dr. Mathews
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
12 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Acanthosis nigricans are dangerous?

Acanthosis nigricans are dangerous?

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.

Dr. Paige Gutheil Dr. Gutheil
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can you die from acanthosis nigricans?

Can you die from acanthosis nigricans?

Not specifically: The skin condition is not deadly, but it can be a clue to underlying metabolic problems (like Insulin resistance, diabetes, lipid problems) that increase risk of complications and death. It is a sign to get a full check up and start healthier behaviors.

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Best way to treat acanthosis nigricans?

Best way to treat acanthosis nigricans?

Reduce insulin resis: Usually it means you have metabolic syndrome, meaning you're overweight and Insulin resistant - with a high probability of developing diabetes in the future, particularly if you have a positive family history. Diet, exercise, weight loss, education and possibly medication (? Metformin), would be things to discuss with your doctor.

Dr. Edgar Mendizabal Dr. Mendizabal
Internal Medicine
51 years in practice
Greater Bolivian University of San Andres
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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener Dr. Bronfenbrener
Dermatology
5 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Acanthosis nigricans--weird term. What is it?

Acanthosis nigricans--weird term. What is it?

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.

Dr. Alan Feldman Dr. Feldman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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What is acanthosis nigricans and how is it treated?

Hard to treat: Acanthosis nigricans is a velvety darkening of the skin typically around the base of the neck and in the arm pits. Typically it is associated with a problem called Insulin resistance. It is typically associated with obesity, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome. Treatment usually involves weight loss and treating Insulin resistance.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: acanthosis nigricans?

What is the definition or description of: acanthosis nigricans?

Dark, velvety skin: Mostly seen around the neck but also under the arm or other places. It may be a sign of Insulin resistance and is most common among dark-skinned obese children. It usually improves with weight loss. Rarely it is a sign of cancer.

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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener Dr. Bronfenbrener
Dermatology
5 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Can acanthosis nigricans be caused from eating sugary bad foods?

Can acanthosis nigricans be caused from eating sugary bad foods?

Yes: Acanthosis nigricans is a common skin finding associated with Insulin resistance, or the syndrome that leads to type ii diabetes.

Dr. Shala Fardin Dr. Fardin
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What can be done for acanthosis nigricans? Should I be worried?

What can be done for acanthosis nigricans? Should I be worried?

See your doctor: 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 addressed (e.g. Treat the diabetes, etc).

Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener Dr. Bronfenbrener
Dermatology
5 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Is it true that I can get acanthosis nigricans from eating sugary bad foods?

Yes: Acanthosis nigricans is a common skin finding associated with Insulin resistance, or the syndrome that leads to type ii diabetes.

Dr. Shala Fardin Dr. Fardin
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

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!

Dr. Ernie Ordonez Dr. Ordonez
Bariatrics
53 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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Dr. Chuck Shaffer Dr. Shaffer
Bariatrics
29 years in practice
Spartan Health Sciences University, School Of Medicine
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Acanthosis nigricans can appear on your face?

Acanthosis nigricans can appear on your face?

See below: A velvety, dark patch of skin can form on most areas on the body, including the: armpits. Back of the neck. Groin area (especially in skin folds and creases). Elbows. Knees. Knuckles. Belly button. Woman’s breasts (beneath). Face. Female genitalia. Less often, a patch can form on the lips, mouth, eyelids, palms of the hands, bottoms of the feet, and nipples.

Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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You get acanthosis nigricans from loosing weight?

Sign of Health Risk: Acanthosis nigricans is a darker pigmentation that is often seen along the sides of the neck. The skin may also have a roughened texture. Acanthosis nigricans can be an important clue that a person is at higher risk than normal for diabetes. If you have this, ask your doctor to help you reduce your risk for diabetes. Good luck. LGromkoMD

Dr. Pouya Shafipour Dr. Shafipour
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Could acanthosis nigricans be a symptom of diabetes?

Yes: Acanthosis nigricans could be a sign of obesity related Insulin resistance which is also seen in people with type 2 diabetes. Some medications like growth hormones or birth control pills can also cause acanthosis nigricans. With weight loss and control of diabetes and blood sugar, a lot of times the condition resolves.

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Dr. Paige Gutheil Dr. Gutheil
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Does acanthosis nigricans go away if you lose weight?

Does acanthosis nigricans go away if you lose weight?

Usually: When you eat a healthy diet (without processed sugars and starches and full of healhty antiinflammatory fruits & veggies), increase activity and lose weight, your skin usually resolves.

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Can a person have acanthosis nigricans in their face?

Can a person have acanthosis nigricans in their face?

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.

Dr. Shala Fardin Dr. Fardin
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Does acanthosis nigricans fade away if you lose weight?

Does acanthosis nigricans fade away if you lose weight?

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. Most important, the underlying cause (such as obesity) needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin. Otherwise, some lasers and prescription creams can help.