Actinic Keratoses

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Actinic keratosis is a premalignant condition of thick, scaly or crusty patches of skin. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition and its treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Actinic keratoses are rough, scaly patches on the skin. They are usually on areas of your body that get the most sunfor example, the head, neck, arms and hands.

People with fair skin who live where it is sunny or who work outside are most likely to get actinic keratoses. The patches are usually found on older people and are more common in men than in women.

It is important to treat actinic keratoses, otherwise they can turn into skin cancer.

Your doctor may remove the patches by freezing or scraping them or by having you put a cream or gel on them.

Your skin may be red, sore or swollen after treatment. This should go away after a few weeks.

To prevent actinic keratoses,

Avoid spending a long time in the sun or using a tanning bed.

Wear sunscreen when you are outside. The sunscreen should have a sun protection factor of 15 or higher.

Wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.