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Actinic Keratosis Overview

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Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that causes the skin to be rough and scaly. It is very important to treat your actinic keratosis, since if left untreated, it could lead to skin cancer.

Causes:

The primary cause of actinic keratosis is exposure in the sun for a prolonged period of time. Who is at higher risk of getting actinic keratosis?

  • People with a history of sunburns
  • High levels of sun exposure
  • Over 60 years of age
  • Have fair skin and blue eyes
  • Having Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Symptoms include:

  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding of the skin
  • Skin redness or irritation
  • Ulceration
  • Rapid enlargement of the skin rashes
  • Hardening of the lesion

Diagnosis:

It is very important to visit a doctor if you notice any of the above symptoms. Diagnosing actinic keratosis early can help you to treat and prevent its reoccurrence or the worsening of the condition.

Common treatment methods:

  • Excision
  • Cauterization
  • Cryotherapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Phototherapy
  • Immunotherapy

If you notice any symptoms, visit your doctor right away and discuss your treatment options.

Do you or a loved one suffer from actinic keratosis? See if you qualify for IMMUNOe’s clinical research study on Actinic Keratosis today!

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/actinic-keratosis#Description1

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