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What is the definition or description of: solar keratosis?

What is the definition or description of: solar keratosis?

Ultraviolet damage : Thickened and perhaps slightly pigmented skin with ultraviolet damage in high sun exposure skin. Usually benign but deserves watching. ...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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Can you tell me the main symptoms of solar keratosis?

Can you tell me the main symptoms of solar keratosis?

Solar keratosis: The growths are sun-induced (hence "solar") and are pre-cancerous in nature. They tend to be red, flaky, sometimes tender, in sun-exposed areas of the skin. See your dermatologist to get them treated. ...Read more

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I have solar keratosis bonoid type, what is this ?

I have solar keratosis bonoid type, what is this ?

Bowenoid?: I assume you meant "bowenoid" type. Active keratosis are considered "precancers". Over time they can turn into squamous cell carcinoma, a slow growing, typically non life threatening skin cancer. The most superficial type is bowen's disease which is scc of only the upper layer of skin. See a dermatologist to discuss a treatment plan which may include cryotherapy (cold freeze ) or a cream. Good luc. ...Read more

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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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Doctor says I have solar keratosis on my chest. What exactly is solar keratosis?

Doctor says I have solar keratosis on my chest.  What exactly is solar keratosis?

Sun damage: These are early precancerous changes with s attired abnormal cells visible on biopsy. This is easily treatable with liquid nitrogen, electric needle or prescription creams. Left alone these can grow deeper and may require surgery. Treat these areas early , use sunscreen, and limit strong sun exposure. ...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. ...Read more

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How is actinic keratosis usually diagnosed?

Clinical exam: Actinic keratoses are early precancerous lesions caused primarily by sun exposure over time. They are usually diagnosed by your dermatologist on clinical exam. In some cases a more advanced lesion may be biopsied to make sure it has not progressed to skin cancer. ...Read more

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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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Does all cases of actinic keratosis need freezing?

Does all cases of actinic keratosis need freezing?

Freeze, 5FU, Aldara: Actinic keratosis (ak) is a premalignant condition caused chiefly by sun exposure. If left untreated, ak can progress to squamous cell cancer of the skin. Treatments of ak include freezing using liquid nitrogen; 5-fu chemo cream; immune modifier cream aldara... ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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