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What does actinic keratosis usually look like?
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Allison Holzapfel
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Red and scaly
Actinic keratoses can appear red, scaly, slightly brown, or very crusty.
Some may occasionally bleed, but this is usually a sign that it has progressed to a cancerous lesion.

In brief: Red and scaly
Actinic keratoses can appear red, scaly, slightly brown, or very crusty.
Some may occasionally bleed, but this is usually a sign that it has progressed to a cancerous lesion.
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
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