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Acitinic Keratosis

Information about Actinic Keratosis

We Have to Know about the Actinic Keratosis

  • Actinic keratosis is a skin condition characterized by rough, scaly patches on the skin of the face, lips, and ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp, and neck.
  • You can reduce your risk of actinic keratosis by minimizing your sun exposure and protecting your skin from UV rays

Causes of Actinic Keratosis

  • The cause is frequent or intense exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, typically from the sun. Many doctors consider actinic keratosis to be precancerous because it can develop into skin cancer
  • Actinic Keratosis develops slowly

Do’s and Don’ts of Actinic Keratosis

Prevention of actinic keratosis is important because this condition can be precancerous or an early form of skin cancer

  • Avoid staying in the sun so long that you get sunburn or a suntan. Both result in skin damage that can increase your risk of developing actinic keratoses and skin cancer. Ultraviolet rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m
  • Use sunscreen. Before spending time outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Use sunscreen on all exposed skin, including your lips. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply it every few hours or more often if you swim or sweat
  • Cover up. For extra protection from the sun, wear tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs, preferably white color
  • Examine your skin regularly, looking for the development of new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. With the help of mirrors, check your face, neck, ears, and scalp. Examine the tops and undersides of your arms and hands

Signs & Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

  • Flat or slightly raised, scaly patches on the skin or lesions ranging in color from pink to red to brown, or flesh-colored
  • Patches or lesions caused by actinic keratosis usually are 1 inch or less in diameter, can be a single lesion or several lesions. Later, lesions can develop a hard, wart-like surface

Risk Factors of Actinic Keratosis

  • A history of frequent or intense sun exposure or sunburn
  • Pale skin
  • A tendency to freckle or burn when exposed to sunlight
  • A weak immune system as a result of chemotherapy, chronic leukemia, AIDS or organ transplant medications

Medical advice for Actinic Keratosis

  • See your doctor. If you have a skin lesion that persists, grows or bleeds,

Self Care for Actinic Keratosis

  • less exposure to u.v rays, using sunscreens

Treatment for Actinic Keratosis

  • prevention: protect from sun u.v rays
  • sun protective clotting


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Information about Actinic Keratosis
Signs & Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis