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- What is an actinic keratosis? What causes actinic keratoses?
- What are symptoms and signs of an actinic keratosis?
- Who is at risk for actinic keratoses?
- Where on the body do actinic keratoses typically occur?
- What is the significance of an actinic keratosis?
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- What is the treatment for an actinic keratosis?
- Are there home remedies for actinic keratoses?
- Is it possible to prevent actinic keratoses?
- What is the prognosis of an actinic keratosis?
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Are there home remedies for actinic keratoses?
There are no home remedies for actinic keratoses, but most will resolve spontaneously if sun exposure can be strictly limited. Those lesions that do not resolve need professional medical attention.
Is it possible to prevent actinic keratoses?
Sun avoidance is the simplest way to avoid actinic keratoses. This would include applications of SPF 50 sunscreens to exposed skin, wearing sun-protective clothing, shade-seeking behavior, and avoiding tanning. Concerns about vitamin D deficiency can be avoided by taking multivitamin supplements.
What is the prognosis of an actinic keratosis?
Patients who develop actinic keratoses are usually well advised to have a doctor examine them at least annually. The purpose of these regular checks is to be sure that new lesions have not developed and that old ones are not becoming thicker and more suspicious looking (for cancer). Furthermore, continual avoidance of excessive sun exposure can decrease the risk of recurrences.
Costa, Claudia, et al. "How to Treat Actinic Keratosis? An Update." J Dermatol Case Rep 9.2 (2015): 29-35.
Uhlenhake, E.E. "Optimal treatment of actinic keratoses." Clin Interv Aging 8 (2013): 29-35.