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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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Keratosis (Definition)

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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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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