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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
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Keratosis Pilaris (Definition)

A condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps on the skin, most commonly on the backs ...Read more


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What is eczema caused by ?

What is eczema caused by ?

Nobody knows: but there is an element of allergy in it ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: keratosis pilaris?

What is the definition or description of: keratosis pilaris?

AKA Chicken Skin: 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. ...Read more

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What is keratosis pilaris?

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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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Can the skin condition keratosis pilaris be caused or worsened by hygiene or diet? (dermatology)

KP is an inherited: skin disorder. It is due to plugging of follicles so using topicals that exfoliate will help a lot, (scrubs, lactic acid, urea) foods typically do not affect it ...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 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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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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What exactly is seborrheic keratosis?

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 an influenza and what disease is caused by it?

What is an influenza and what disease is caused by it?

Known as "the flu": influenza is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus (there isn't "an influenza"). Typical symptoms: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, cough, fatigue. It spreads through the air from coughs/sneezes or touching contaminated surfaces. Yearly preventive immunizations are effective. Treatment: rest, fluids, fever/pain relievers. Antivirals may help if given early ...Read more

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Is keratosis pilaris pre malignant or no? I know actinic keratosis is. How about keratosis pilaris?

NO: This is a benign skin condition.Its primary downside is its persistence, and resistance to treatments. ...Read more

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What causes pityriasis rubra pilaris ? Can it be cured?

What  causes pityriasis rubra pilaris ?  Can it be cured?

No cure: Pityriasis rubra pilaris is a rare skin disorder similar to psoriasis. You can read about it here: http://dermnetnz.Org/scaly/pityriasis-rubra-pilaris.Html it, like psoriasis, has no cure, but can be treated. Usually, in time, it goes into a remission and patients remain clear. The cause is not fully understood, but there seems to be a genetic basis in some, and some are related to cancer. ...Read more

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What is bumpy scatttered skin condition called and what causes it?

What is bumpy scatttered skin condition called and what causes it?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris bumps are usually white, sometimes red, and generally don't hurt or itch. Keratosis pilaris can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat. Prescription medications and self-care measures can improve this condition. ...Read more

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How is epidermolysis bullosa caused? What is being done by whom to cure this disease?

How is epidermolysis bullosa caused? What is being done by whom to cure this disease?

Gene defects: This rare disorder involves the loss of adhesion between top and bottom layers of skin caused by defects in the genes that control their constriction.It comes an dominant and recessive forms with many subtypes.Most involve the type 7 collagen gene. Many labs around the world have studied the problem and record >20k articles on the subject. See www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/gquery. ...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 are lipomas caused by trauma is it fasha ?

What are lipomas caused by trauma is it fasha ?

Fatty lump: A lipoma is an abnormal lump of fat, thought to be caused by trauma. It feels like a little lump under the skin, like a marble. Usually you can move it around, meaning that it isn't attached to the skin. If you are having pain, get the lipoma removed. ...Read more

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How is keratosis pilaris treated?

How is keratosis pilaris treated?

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

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Keratosis (Definition)

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