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Doctor insights on: Actinic Porokeratosis

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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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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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Is lichenoid keratosis pre cancerous?

Is lichenoid keratosis pre cancerous?

No: If truly solitary and path shows changes like lichen planus, this is a benign entity. Biopsy or excision of entire lesion is often considered. ...Read more

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Can seborroheic keratosis lesions be multicolored?

SK color: Yes, they can be brown, dark brown/black, light brown or tan. Typically rough texture (like a wart) or waxy texture. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is keratosis pilaris curable?

No: Keratosis pilaris (kp) is an extremely common skin disorder. It usually runs in families and can be associated with eczema. It usually does not require treatment unless it becomes a cosmetic concern. Treatments never cure only minimize the condition. Best thing to do is see a dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss potential treatments options. ...Read more

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What is bowenoid actinic keratosis? Same as bowens disease?

What is bowenoid actinic keratosis? Same as bowens disease?

Bowen disease: Bowenoid actinic keratosis is in-situ squamous cell carcinoma arising in actinic keratosis. Yes, it is also known as bowen disease. This is the earliest form (stage) of squamous cell skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is keratolysis cancerous?

Is keratolysis cancerous?

No : Pealing of superficial layer of skin is called keratolysis which is not a cancer, how ever cancer patients may manifest , after chemotherapy etc. Usually skin peals off in the hands and feet. ...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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Can keratosis pilaris alba be removed by laser?

No: Typical treatments used to treat keratosis pillars include topical retinoids (retin a, tazorac, (tazarotene) and others) and exfoliating products, such as salicylic acid or alpha-hydroxy acid. Your dermatologist can recommend treatment options after examining your skin. I know of no lasers that are reliably helpful to treat this condition. ...Read more

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What is seborrheic keratosis?

What is seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis: A benign skin growth that usually occurs during adult age. They involve the outer layer of skin and the tendency to get them is inherited. They can be removed with liquid nitrogen cryosurgery ...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 causes keratosis pilaris?

What causes keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris: It is an autosomal dominant inherited condition related to another condition called atopy. Basically, it is inherited. ...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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