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Actinic Keratosis in Tucson, AZ

What is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis (AK) is a scaled, rough, crusty lesion that grows on the skin in areas that are exposed to the sun. It frequently appears on the lips, face, scalp, ears, shoulders, and other areas frequently exposed. Typically, the regions affected will have several lesions. As such, the plural of this skin condition is called actinic keratoses. These lesions grow slowly with time and may vanish and reappear. They are often uncomfortable, itchy, and become inflamed. During a comprehensive skin evaluation, a member of the Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics team will examine the lesion, sometimes implementing dermoscopy. This skin ailment is considered precancerous so it could be a cause of concern if it isn't treated and can become cancer. Elimination of the lesion(s) will probably be advocated and discussed during your exam in Tucson, AZ.

What are the Treatment Options for Actinic keratosis?

Getting an early diagnosis and treatment at Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics is vital in ensuring that actinic keratosis does not progress to cancer. The best treatment option for you will hinge on various factors, including your age, health, skin color, and the severity of your condition. Dr. Marc I. Epstein or a member of his team may suggest one of several treatments: cryosurgery, which employs liquid nitrogen to eliminate lesions; electrodesiccation and curettage, a procedure that involves scrapping the skin down to a healthier layer; prescription medications that diminish the appearance of lesions while minimizing scarring; chemical peels that encourage new skin growth by removing the unhealthy top layer of skin; or photodynamic therapy (PDT), a two-step process where a medication sensitizes the affected area to light, followed by exposure to a specific light that interacts with the medication to destroy actinic keratosis.

What are the symptoms of actinic keratosis?

In the beginning, you might notice a change in the texture of your skin, transforming into a rough surface. The symptoms of actinic keratosis advance, and various signs begin to unfold, making it essential to keep an eye on any evolving skin conditions. Here are the typical stages you might experience:

  • Sudden itchiness accompanied by inflammation
  • Change in skin texture
  • Reddish appearance
  • Development of a scaly and bumpy surface
  • Inflammation and growth

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When you have lesions that you believe may be linked to sunlight exposure and could be actinic keratosis, we recommend calling our Tucson, AZ practice, Mountain View Dermatology and Aesthetics, to arrange your consultation. Almost all AKs may be eliminated if identified and treated promptly. Our team will thoroughly evaluate your skin and supply the greatest possible recommendation for a lasting result.

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