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Doctor insights on: Drug Induced Acanthosis Nigricans

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Does acanthosis nigricans wipe off?

Does acanthosis nigricans wipe off?

no: Nacanthosis nigricans is a condition characterized by abnormal thickening and darkening of the skin, especially in body creases. It is most commonly associated with obesity or polycystic ovarian disease in women, though acanthosis nigricans can occasionally be found in people who have more serious underlying health problems or who are taking certain medications. Treatment of cause will help. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Acanthosis Nigricans (Definition)

A skin condition characterized by areas of dark, velvety discoloration in body folds and creases. The affected skin can become thickened. Most often, acanthosis nigricans affects your ...Read more


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What can be done for acanthosis nigricans? Should I be worried?

What can be done for  acanthosis nigricans?  Should I be worried?

See your doctor: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! if it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Some lasers and prescription creams may help. Most importantly, the underlying cause needs to be identified and addressed (e.g. Treat the diabetes, etc). ...Read more

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Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

Is acanthosis nigricans curable?

Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! if it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Some lasers and prescription creams may help. Most importantly, the underlying cause needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin changes as well! ...Read more

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Acanthosis nigricans can appear on your face?

Acanthosis nigricans can appear on your face?

See below: A velvety, dark patch of skin can form on most areas on the body, including the: armpits. Back of the neck. Groin area (especially in skin folds and creases). Elbows. Knees. Knuckles. Belly button. Woman’s breasts (beneath). Face. Female genitalia. Less often, a patch can form on the lips, mouth, eyelids, palms of the hands, bottoms of the feet, and nipples. ...Read more

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You get acanthosis nigricans from loosing weight?

You get acanthosis nigricans from loosing weight?

Sign of Health Risk: Acanthosis nigricans is a darker pigmentation that is often seen along the sides of the neck. The skin may also have a roughened texture. Acanthosis nigricans can be an important clue that a person is at higher risk than normal for diabetes. If you have this, ask your doctor to help you reduce your risk for diabetes. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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Could acanthosis nigricans be a symptom of diabetes?

Yes: Acanthosis nigricans could be a sign of obesity related Insulin resistance which is also seen in people with type 2 diabetes. Some medications like growth hormones or birth control pills can also cause acanthosis nigricans. With weight loss and control of diabetes and blood sugar, a lot of times the condition resolves. ...Read more

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Does acanthosis nigricans go away if you lose weight?

Does acanthosis nigricans go away if you lose weight?

Usually: When you eat a healthy diet (without processed sugars and starches and full of healhty antiinflammatory fruits & veggies), increase activity and lose weight, your skin usually resolves. ...Read more

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Can a person have acanthosis nigricans in their face?

Can a person have acanthosis nigricans in their face?

Dark skin: It is a disorder where the skin gets thicker and darker as you gain weight usually, however there are some patients who have normal body weight still have the problem. It usually is on the cheeks, neck, underarms, groin, elbows, knees, ankles, knuckle area hands and feet. ...Read more

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Does acanthosis nigricans fade away if you lose weight?

Does acanthosis nigricans fade away if you lose weight?

Possibly: If you truly have acanthosis nigricans, it's often very difficult to treat. Make sure it doesn't just wipe off with an alcohol wipe, though! if it does, you may not actually have an--see your dermatologist. Most important, the underlying cause (such as obesity) needs to be identified and treated, as this can sometimes "cure" the skin. Otherwise, some lasers and prescription creams can help. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Will losing weight help my acanthosis nigricans go away?

Maybe: Acanthosis nigricans are a sign of Insulin resistance and if you have not already been checked by a doctor for diabetes you should do that. Being overweight/obese contributes significantly to Insulin resistance and diabetes which in turn are the most common cause of acanthosis nigricans. While you may not like how they look, the bigger threats are the invisible ones resulting from extra weight. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acanthosis nigricans and stretch marks?

What to do if I have acanthosis nigricans and stretch marks?

Low carb: Try to go on a low carb eating plan. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and healthy fats such as olive oil. Try to stay within your calorie range and avoid processed carbs like white flour and sugar containing drinks, they will increase your blood sugar and worsen your sugar management. A high fiber diet with plenty of vegetables is a great way to start your new eating program ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acanthosis nigricans without diabetes?

Is it possible to have acanthosis nigricans without diabetes?

Yes: Other causes include lymphoma, gastrointestinal or genitourinary cancers, and drugs such as human growth hormone and some oral contraceptives. Reference: national library of medicine. ...Read more

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Is there any link between acanthosis nigricans & hypogonadism?

Is there any link between acanthosis nigricans & hypogonadism?

Insulin resistance: Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition most commonly associated with obesity and Insulin resistance. In men, obesity can contribute to low testosterone and hypogonadism. In women it is associated with polycystic ovaries and infertility. So the link to hypogonadism is through Insulin resistance, not directly from the skin condition. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat acanthosis nigricans in between my thighs?

How can I effectively treat acanthosis nigricans in between my thighs?

Weight loss: Through diet and exercise. It's the only way to lose weight and will also decrease your Insulin resistance and you chances of developing diabetes in the future. ...Read more

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Can skin affected by acanthosis nigricans return to normal? If yes, how so?

If you lose weight: Usually acanthosis nigricans occurs in overweight and obese individuals and is thought to be due to insulin resistance which in some cases can progress to diabetes. I have seen it go away or become lighter in people who have lost A LOT of weight (at least 20 lbs) and kept it off. If you have or develop prediabetes and need medication, metformin which decreases insulin production may help. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acanthosis nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans: Acanthosis nigricans is a sign of insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for developing diabetes. One may potentially help acanthosis nigricans by losing weight and improving the insulin resistant state. ...Read more

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Is acanthosis nigricans an endocrine disorder?

Is acanthosis nigricans an endocrine disorder?

No: Acanthosis nigricans is a dark skin discoloration, often found on the back of the neck and other skin folds. It is not an endocrine disorder, but is often present in people with endocrine disorders like pcos and type 2 diabetes. Pregnancy and some birth control pills can cause it too. ...Read more

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