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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

Dr. Mike Bowman
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What is the treatment for solar keratosis?

What is the treatment for solar keratosis?

5fu,cryo, electrosur: This can be treated by 5fu, shoal raze or picaro creams. This can also be treated with cryoosurgy, electric needle, or phtodynamic therapy with levulan. Treatment will vary by number and choice of physician. Use suns rene and schedule regular followups to prevent surgery in future, and early dec tion of skin cancer. ...Read more

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How can I make actinic keratosis go away?

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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How can I reduce the appearance and the feel of actinic keratosis?

How can I reduce the appearance and the feel of 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. There are available treatments through a dermatologist that are effective (some topical, some freezing technique). ...Read more

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Is laser actinic keratosis removal possible?

Is laser actinic keratosis removal possible?

Yes: Actinic keratoses are pre-cancerous skin lesions caused by sun exposure. Various treatments can be used, including liquid nitrogen (freezing), topical creams (imiquimod, fluoruracil, others), curettage (scraping), and medium-depth chemical peels. Laser treatments include co2 laser ablation and photodynamic therapy (laser treatment after application of a medication to the skin). ...Read more

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What % of actinic keratosis are pre-cancerous? How long would it take one to turn into cancer?

What % of actinic keratosis are pre-cancerous? How long would it take one to turn into cancer?

All and variable: Actinic keratosis by definition is precancerous, however not all lesions turn into cancer and there is variable rate of progression. Treatment of the lesion can prevent progression and development of cancer. Please note that some people consider actinic keratosis to be a form of cancer. ...Read more

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Have lesions all over my abdomen where I sunned a lot after first exposing midriff in 60s. What else could it be if not actinic keratosis?

Have lesions all over my abdomen where I sunned a lot after first exposing midriff in 60s. What else could it be if not actinic keratosis?

Skin: Many skin conditions such as seborrheic keratoses , nevi, squamous cell skin cancers among many other conditions may resemble actinic keratoses . See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment if required. ...Read more

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How long does it take for actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

How long does it take for actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

Variable: Actinic keratosis is considered a pre-cancerous condition, however, not all lesions become cancerous. There is controversy about terminology and some people consider actinic keratosis to be cancer. Treatment of the skin lesion can forstall the development of cancer. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove actinic keratosis (sun spots)?

What is the best way to remove actinic keratosis (sun spots)?

Actinic keratoses : Actinic keratoses are typically removed by prescription creams or treated with cryosurgery . See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Emily Altman
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Solar Keratosis (Definition)

Thickened and perhaps slightly pigmented skin with ultraviolet damage in high sun exposure skin. Usually ...Read more


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Actinic Keratosis (Definition)

Actinic keratosis is also ...Read more