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Doctor insights on: Lichenoid Actinic Keratosis Treatment

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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What are some over-the-counter treatments for actinic keratosis?

What are some over-the-counter treatments for actinic keratosis?

None: Unfortunately there is no studied over the counter treatment for actinic keratosis (ak). Since ak is a form of precancer, it is important to have it treated before it progresses. ...Read more

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2nd Dr. Confirmed Diffuse Actinic Keratosis. Dr. Recommended PDT. What are results of photodynamic therapy. For AK. Am nervous.

 2nd Dr. Confirmed Diffuse  Actinic Keratosis.  Dr. Recommended PDT.  What are results of photodynamic therapy. For AK. Am nervous.

Don't be nervous: If you are not satisfied with the DR's descriptions, have another discussion with the Dr before you do it. There are various approaches to AK. PDT is certainly a good one, briefly annoying, but effective. You might ask to be presented with a few alternatives so you can choose one yourself. None of them are dangerous. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for solar keratosis?

What is the treatment for solar keratosis?

5fu, (fluorouracil)cryo, electrosur: This can be treated by 5fu, (fluorouracil) 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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How is actinic keratosis usually diagnosed?

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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Do all cases of actinic keratosis turn into scc?

No: In fact, relatively few of them do so. However, if you have been diagnosed with an ak, it is best to make sure you follow the recommended schedule of appointments with the doctor following your skin health. If you notice ulceration, bleeding, itching, or sudden spreading of an ak, get it checked out asap. ...Read more

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Does all cases of actinic keratosis need freezing?

Freeze, 5FU, Aldara (imiquimod): 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 (imiquimod)... ...Read more

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What are symptoms of actinic keratosis?

What are symptoms of actinic keratosis?

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

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Who is at generally risk for actinic keratosis?

Who is at generally risk for actinic keratosis?

H/o sunburns: Actinic keratoses are precancerous lesions caused by excessive sun exposure. The more sunburns you've had, the more risk of developing ak's. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the appearance and the feel of actinic keratosis?

None: Unfortunately there is no studied over the counter treatment for actinic keratosis (ak). Since ak is a form of precancer, it is important to have it treated before it progresses. There are available treatments through a dermatologist that are effective (some topical, some freezing technique). ...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 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 actinic keratosis be scraped clearly off by fingers?

Many of them can: Same with seborrheic keratoses / basal cell papillomas. However, you'll never get the base where the mutated cells are. Treat them with excision or topical meds that kill the mutated cells. ...Read more

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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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What is the best way to remove actinic keratosis (sun spots)?

What is the best way to remove actinic keratosis (sun spots)?

Actinic keratoses : Actinic keratoses are typically removed by prescription creams or treated with cryosurgery . See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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How long does it take for actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

Variable: Actinic keratosis is considered a pre-cancerous condition, however, not all lesions become cancerous. There is controversy about terminology and some people consider actinic keratosis to be cancer. Treatment of the skin lesion can forstall the development of cancer. ...Read more

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Is actinic keratosis a real problem? Can I treat it with aldara (imiquimod)?

Possibly: Actinic keratosis (ak) is a sign that your skin has had excessive sun exposure. It may represent a "pre-cancerous" lesion as some will become skin cancers eventually. If you have ak's then you should have a thorough check up by a dermatologist to be sure you don't already have skin cancer and you can get advice on how best to treat your ak's. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take a cancerous actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

Months to years: Actinic keratosis is precancerous. The full transformation into skin cancer is a result of multiple number of relevant mutations that "tips" it over to become cancerous. Thus, if an actinic keratosis happens to have most of the mutations except one additional before it turns into skin cancer, it may only take a month of additional uv exposure before that happens. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get actinic keratosis on an area of skin that has had little sun damage?

Is it possible to get actinic keratosis on an area of skin that has had little  sun damage?

Yes: It is common on face, scalp and arms, but can oocur on the legs, back or. Chest. Sun is major factor but light skin color and weakened local immune system are also factors. These are treatable with cream, cryosurgery, electrosurgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Solar Keratosis (Definition)

The term generally refers to small increased pigment spots on the skin or eyelids. Those with light skin or high sun exposure are usually at higher risk. Usually benign but any noted ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Keratosis (Definition)

The growth of ...Read more