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Dr. Emily Altman
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Keratosis Pilaris (Overview)

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that affects about 40% of people. It shows up as scaly little bumps around follicles, usually on the backs of the arms. It can also be seen on the tops of the thighs and butt. It usually shows up in the teenage years and gets better with time. In kids, it also is sometimes on the face, but that usually goes away by adulthood.


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What is keratosis pilaris caused by?

What is keratosis pilaris caused by?

Genetic condition: Keratosis pilaris (follicular keratosis) is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (lower arms can also be affected); also occur on the thighs, hands, and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except the palms or soles of feet. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
124 doctors shared insights

Keratosis Pilaris (Overview)

Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that affects about 40% of people. It shows up as scaly little bumps around follicles, usually on the backs of the arms. It can also be seen on the tops of the thighs and butt. It usually shows up in the teenage years and gets better with time. In kids, it also is sometimes on the face, but that usually goes away by adulthood.


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Can keratosis pilaris be a symptom of or related to scleroderma? Thanks!

Can keratosis pilaris be a symptom of or related to scleroderma?  Thanks!

No: Keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that is a combination of eczema and acne. It usually affects the upper arms, back, and thighs. ...Read more

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Treating Seborrheic Keratosis (Checklist)

Exercise
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Maintain a healthy weight
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Control your cholesterol
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If you have diabetes, keep it under control
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Do most people who get keratosis pilaris have many symptoms?

Typically bumps: seen on back of arms, thighs and sometimes cheeks. They can be itchy red but treatments are available including topical scrubs, acid lotions and urea ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with keratosis pilaris. Is there a cure?

My 2 year old daughter has been diagnosed with keratosis pilaris. Is there a cure?

Seems familial: Treatment may include: moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin d, or steroid creams to reduce redness improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back. Don't put anything on her skin without speaking to her doctor. ...Read more

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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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How can I treat keratosis pilaris?

Amlactin: 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 more

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How is keratosis pilaris treated?

Link to article: http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm.

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Is fougera mometasone furoate cream effective in treating keratosis pilaris?

Yes: Topical steroids like this are effective in this condition. Also moisturizing cream (like kera lotion or eucerin) can also help. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Keratosis (Definition)

The growth of ...Read more