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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Follicular plugs: Keratosis pilaris is plugging of hair follicles, typically on the upper arms and thighs. It is thought to be in the spectrum of atopic dermatitis (or eczema). The roughness can be reduced temporarily by amlactin lotion, which contains 12% lactic acid. Unfortunately, there is no cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does smokeless tobacco keratosis take to heal? It's been two weeks since i quit and it looks better than it did...Does it go back to normal?
2 to 4 weeks: Do you also smoke? Use much alcohol? Is it in the area you held the tobacco? Is it red or ulcerated? If the area is not normal in another 2 weeks you should have a biopsy. This is easy and nearly painless. A microscopic exam will define the cause of persistence. Stay away from all forms of tobacco and use very little or no alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Actinic Keraotsis: Actinic keratoses arise in chronically sun exposed sites, such as the backs of the hands, forearms and face. They usually present as rough scaly or crusty slightly red bumps on the skin. Sometimes, these lesions can be felt more than they can be seen. A rough patch on a sun exposed area may all that you notice. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with keratosis palarious (kp) and was told their was nothing I could do for it is this true?
Keratosis pilaris: Therapeutic options for keratosis pilaris include Lactic Acid lotions (amlactin, lac-hydrin), Alpha hydroxy acid lotions (glytone, glycolic body lotions, urea cream (carmol 10, carmol 20, carmol 40, urix 40), salicylic acid (salex lotion), and topical steroid creams (triamcinolone 0.1%, Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) lipocream), retinoic acid products such as tretinoin (retin-a), tazarotene (tazorac) and differin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had a sore that would not heal for 2 months. Had a biopsy, diagnosis -actinic keratosis with follicular extension- what will they do now? Serious?
Not serious: Any residual lesion could be removed. If the sore has healed, you doctor may choose to watch and wait. ...Read more
Could an experienced dermatologist diagnose a seborrheic keratosis via dermoscopy alone? No biopsy required for diagnosis?
Is keratosis pilaris pre malignant or no? I know actinic keratosis is. How about keratosis pilaris?
Keratosis Pilaris: Very common in children. Rough, pimple-like patches on the upper arms. Try otc amlactin lotion 2-3x per day on the arms. Do not use pumice stones or any strong exfoliators. Let the amlactin go to work and give it at least 4 weeks before u call it a failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer