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

Yes and Yes. Yes, actinic keratosis is a real problem. It is a premalignant condition caused by sun exposure. If left untreated, actinic keratosis can progress to squamous cell cancer of the skin. Threatments include freezing by liquid nitrogen; 5-FU chemo cream; immune modifier Aldara (imiquimod) cream... Read more...
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...

Have lesions all over my abdomen where I sunned a lot after first exposing midriff in 60s. What else could it be if not actinic keratosis?

Skin. Many skin conditions such as seborrheic keratoses , nevi, squamous cell skin cancers among many other conditions may resemble actinic keratoses . See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment if required. Read more...

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...

I only saw one scaly dry area on temple & then Doctor said actinic keratosis and another spot on nose. How can Dr. See this and what is Diffuse AK?

Actinic keratoses. Actinic keratoses are small scaly patches of skin usually seen on the face and usually only on ageing skin (more common after age 50). These lesions are pre-malignant and is large enough should be removed. The doctor usually makes this diagnosis by viewing the lesions and then biopsying them. Diffuse actinic keratoses (diffuse AK) is a condition where there are multiple AK lesions on the body. Read more...