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What is keratosis pilaris?

What is keratosis pilaris?

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 more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Keratosis (Definition)

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What causes keratosis pilaris?

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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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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What is keratosis pilaris? It is cureble? Why?

What is keratosis pilaris? It is cureble? Why?

Keratosis pilaris: Kp is a genetic disorder which causes small stiff plugs of skin to form in hair follicles usually on the backs of the arms sometimes on the sides and sometimes even on the flanks. This problem is a hereditary one which is not curable. Most people learn to live with this problem, and some use of softening lotion with Lactic Acid or urea and sometimes that helps a little, but it never goes away. ...Read more

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What causes keratosis pilaris? I have bumps on my skin that seem to pop up whenever I eat too much sugar,fried food, meat or wheat ? Is it an allergy?

What causes keratosis pilaris? I have bumps on my skin that seem to pop up whenever I eat too much sugar,fried food, meat or wheat ? Is it an allergy?

Eczema.: Think of KP as eczema of the hair follicles. It is not an allergy. We treat it with the same medications that we use to treat acne - usually topical steroids and emollient lotions. If it worsens whenever you eat the things you mention, listen to your body and eat less of them. ...Read more

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What is seborrheic keratosis?

What is seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratosis: A benign skin growth that usually occurs during adult age. They involve the outer layer of skin and the tendency to get them is inherited. They can be removed with liquid nitrogen cryosurgery ...Read more

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What are seborrheic keratosis?  why do people get them? Can they be stopped?

What are seborrheic keratosis?  why do people get them? Can they be stopped?

Seborrheic keratosis: A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or pale growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly elevated appearance. Occasionally, it appears singly, but multiple growths are more common. Seborrheic keratoses don't become cancerous, but they can look like skin cancer. They are genetic so you can not stop them. ...Read more

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What is actinic keratosis?

What is actinic keratosis?

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

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What does actinic keratosis usually look like?

What does actinic keratosis usually look like?

Scaly red papules: Actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that over time can evolve into squamous or basal cell carcinomas. They are usually small persistent crusty or scaly pink-red bumps. These are typically treated with liquid nitrogen destruction or topical creams such as Efudex or aldara (imiquimod). ...Read more

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What % of actinic keratosis are pre-cancerous? How long would it take one to turn into cancer?

What % of actinic keratosis are pre-cancerous? How long would it take one to turn into cancer?

All and variable: Actinic keratosis by definition is precancerous, however not all lesions turn into cancer and there is variable rate of progression. Treatment of the lesion can prevent progression and development of cancer. Please note that some people consider actinic keratosis to be a form of cancer. ...Read more

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I have what looks like Keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and I'm being worked up for posssible lupus. Could there be any connection?

I have what looks like 
Keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and I'm being worked up for posssible lupus. Could there be any connection?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a very common skin condition that affects tons of people. Its one of the most common skin conditions I see in the office. There shouldn't be a connection with KP and lupus. They are unrealated. ...Read more

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What can clear up keratosis pilaris?

What can clear up keratosis pilaris?

Moisturizing: Coconut oil is moisturizing, which may help diminish roughness and improve appearance of hyperkeratosis pilaris, but definitive treatment involves alpha hydroxy acids and/or topical steroids. ...Read more

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What exactly is seborrheic keratosis?

Benign growths: Seborrheic keratoses are waxy, wart-like lesions that grow on the skin of folks in their 50s and above. They rarely can become malignant. If they are in a troublesome area, they can be removed quite easily. ...Read more

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What is bowenoid actinic keratosis? Same as bowens disease?

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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Doctor says I have solar keratosis on my chest. What exactly is solar keratosis?

Doctor says I have solar keratosis on my chest.  What exactly is solar keratosis?

Sun damage: These are early precancerous changes with s attired abnormal cells visible on biopsy. This is easily treatable with liquid nitrogen, electric needle or prescription creams. Left alone these can grow deeper and may require surgery. Treat these areas early , use sunscreen, and limit strong sun exposure. ...Read more

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What is a benign squamous keratosis?

It is: a benign (harmless) skin lesion usually thought to be associated with aging (skin damage) and sun exposure. (Often called "brown spots") Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What can be done for keratosis pilaris?

Treatment may help: Treatments for keratosis pilaris may consist of moisturizing or keratolytic treatments including: urea, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or topical retinoids. However, the effectiveness of these treatments is limited. ...Read more