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Actinic Keratosis

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Solar keratosis or sunspots

  • Solar or Actinic Keratosis is characterized by small patches of flesh-colored, pink, or slightly darker areas of skin.  These occur on sun-exposed areas of the body (face, scalp, back of hands, neck, and chest) and have a sandpaper feel.

  • Gray, flesh, or pink-colored localized skin lesions
  • Surface of the lesion is flat
  • Surface becomes rough like sandpaper
  • May become wartlike

  • Long periods of sun exposure
  • Light-skinned individuals, the very young, and the elderly are at risk.

  • Made by examination
  • If diagnosis is uncertain, a skin biopsy may be performed.

  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Fluorouracil cream
  • Masoprocol cream

  • Rarely, does this condition turn into squamous cell skin cancer (1 in 1000 each year).

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