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Doctor insights on: Acral Acanthosis Nigricans

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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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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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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

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Maybe: Acanthosis nigricans are a sign of Insulin resistance and if you have not already been checked by a doctor for diabetes you should do that. Being overweight/obese contributes significantly to Insulin resistance and diabetes which in turn are the most common cause of acanthosis nigricans. While you may not like how they look, the bigger threats are the invisible ones resulting from extra weight. ...Read more