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Doctor insights on: Actinic Keratosis From Head And Neck Reflector What Can I Do 40 Years Later

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I have various symptoms to do with my head and neck.

I have various symptoms to do with my head and neck.

More details: Please more specific details like what these symptoms are, severity, duration, anything that you think will help the docs help you. Feel free to repost. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Actinic keratosis from head and neck reflector. What can I do 40 years later?

Actinic keratosis from head and neck reflector. What can I do 40 years later?

Dermatologist: See a dermatologist to makes sure they are just keratoses. They can be removed, if you want. ...Read more

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Is keratosis pilaris pre malignant or no? I know actinic keratosis is. How about keratosis pilaris?

NO: This is a benign skin condition.Its primary downside is its persistence, and resistance to treatments. ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter treatments for actinic keratosis?

What are some over-the-counter treatments for actinic keratosis?

None: 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. ...Read more

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Do I need dermatologist for removal of actinic keratosis (sun spots)?

Do I need dermatologist for removal of actinic keratosis (sun spots)?

It depends: Dermatologists have substantial knowledge and experience in the treatment of actinic keratosis, a precancerous condition of the skin. Some primary care physicians may be appropriately trained and knowledgeable, but many are not. ...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

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What does actinic keratosis usually look like?

What does actinic keratosis usually look like?

Scaly red papules: Actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that over time can evolve into squamous or basal cell carcinomas. They are usually small persistent crusty or scaly pink-red bumps. These are typically treated with liquid nitrogen destruction or topical creams such as Efudex or aldara (imiquimod). ...Read more

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I heard actinic keratosis is pre-cancerous. How long would it take one to turn into ca?

I heard actinic keratosis is pre-cancerous. How long would it take one to turn into ca?

Varies: This is like asking how long it takes a child to turn into an adult, in some ways. It takes much longer for a 2 year old to turn into an adult than a teenager. We think it takes a number of years to convert, but I have seen patients treated for an actinic keratosis return with a squamous cancer in that area in less than a year. Was it really an actinic keratosis or was it an early squamous cell? ...Read more

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Is melanoma the same as actinic keratosis?

Is melanoma the same as actinic keratosis?

No.: An actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that may progress to develop into a squamous cell carcinoma. A melanoma is a malignant tumor involving the pigment cells (melanocytes) of the skin. ...Read more

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