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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Acanthosis Nigricans (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Whats acanthosis nigricans?

Whats 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more