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Symptoms Of Keratosis Obturans
Good questions: Keratosis obturans is a hyperkeratotic growth of superficial skin of the bony ear canal skin and as such is seborrheic dermatitis of the bony ear canal skin. Cholesteatoma, primary or secondary is a growth of skin in the middle ear arising from either a migration of skin from a perforation or congenital. Cholesteatoma is potentially dangerous and can destroy bone and result in serious disease.
Anesthesia for EACC: Not only is it acceptable to have anesthesia for keratosis obturans (KO), it is highly recommended. The disease process of KO and/or an analogue EACC (auditory cholesteatoma) can both present with ear pain & hearing loss acutely. Both conditions require urgent ENT evaluation and potentiall debridement of the external auditory canal in the office. More intensive debridement may require anesthesia
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
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.
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.
Keratin: The growth of keratin on the skin.See 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: Kp runs in families and people affected tend to have dryness of their skin and often have an underlying tendency towards eczema. It usually is worse in the winter and tends to clear in the summer months. The condition is benign but bothersome. Various tours of moisturizing lotion and creams may help as well as exfoliation treatments.
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.See 1 more doctor answer