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Doctor insights on: Actinic Elastosis

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What is actinic keratosis?

What is actinic keratosis?

Pre-cancer: Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin lesion. It's a scaly area that feels sharp, like sandpaper or a glass shard, when you rub your finger over it. If untreated, it can become a squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. It is usually from sun damage. To treat it, liquid nitrogen or a cream called effudex is applied. Avoid sun exposure to avoid this! ...Read more

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What does actinic keratoses do on a cellular level to your skin?

What does actinic keratoses do on a cellular level to your skin?

DNA damage : Actinic keratoses are areas of skin where the sun has damaged the dna and has produced cells that grow abnormally without normal growth control. They are considered precancerous and some of them may develop into squamous cell skin cancer. ...Read more

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Does cortisone cream help actinic keratoses?

Does cortisone cream help actinic keratoses?

No: A cortisone cream can decrease inflammation that is often seen around actinic keratoses. However, cortisone cream should not be used to eradicate actinic keratoses. ...Read more

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Male, 60, used carac (5-fu) for 4 weeks for many, minor actinic keratoses. A couple of mos. Later, many returned. Should I use it again? How long?

See your doctor: See the doctor that prescribed the Carac and let them see if they appear as actinic keratoses, or something else. It can be used more than once, if needed. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of actinic keratosis?

Actinic Keraotsis: Actinic keratoses arise in chronically sun exposed sites, such as the backs of the hands, forearms and face. They usually present as rough scaly or crusty slightly red bumps on the skin. Sometimes, these lesions can be felt more than they can be seen. A rough patch on a sun exposed area may all that you notice. ...Read more

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Who is at generally risk for actinic keratosis?

Who is at generally risk for actinic keratosis?

H/o sunburns: Actinic keratoses are precancerous lesions caused by excessive sun exposure. The more sunburns you've had, the more risk of developing ak's. ...Read more

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How can I make actinic keratosis go away?

Dermatologist appt: Unfortunately there is no studied over the counter treatment for actinic keratosis (ak). Since ak is a form of precancer, it is important to have it treated before it progresses. There are available treatments through a dermatologist that are effective (some topical, some freezing technique). ...Read more