Actinic keratosis are common skin growths which often appear red, rough and scaly. These lesions are the result of years of sun exposure and are considered “pre-cancerous” lesions that will develop into skin cancers over time. Ultraviolet light from the sun or indoor tanning beds cause these lesions. They typically develop on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, chest, scalp, hands and arms.
If left untreated, it will progress into skin cancers. Treatment options for actinic keratosis including “freezing” with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), prescription topical creams and photodynamic therapy (Levulan). The dermatology professionals at Kentucky Dermatology can evaluate your skin condition and suggest the most appropriate treatment option.
Actinic keratosis can be prevented with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, sun avoidance with solar protective clothing and be seeking shade when possible. It is also recommended to avoid the use of indoor tanning beds.
If you have any questions about Actinic Keratosis or would like to schedule an appointment call us today (toll-free) at: 800-432-9005.
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