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Actinic Keratosis in Midland, TX

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What Is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis (AK) refers to the presence of scaly, rough skin lesions that develop in areas that frequently are exposed to the sun. It often appears on the face, lips, scalp, ears, shoulders, and other parts of the body that see a lot of sun. Usually, the areas affected will present with several lesions. As such, the plural of the skin condition is known as actinic keratoses. These lesions grow slowly with time and could disappear and reappear. The lesions that appear with actinic keratosis can often feel itchy, inflamed, and uncomfortable. During a thorough skin evaluation, the skilled skin care team at Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Midland, TX will examine the lesion using a technique called dermoscopy if necessary. This skin ailment is deemed precancerous so it can be a cause of concern if it isn't treated and has the potential to develop into cancer. Removal of the lesion(s) will most likely be suggested and discussed during your examination.

How Is Actinic Keratosis Identified and Treated?

Because AK has a chance of becoming skin cancer, it is vital to recognize its symptoms so it can be caught early on, especially if you spend a large amount of time in the sun. In a lot of cases, this skin ailment shows up as rough patches that become red, scaly lesions, as well as bumps and dark crusty areas that appear in numerous clusters that do not heal. As time passes, especially if it's exposed to more sun, the patchy area will turn reddish, scaly, raised, and swollen and continue to spread. The more they spread, the higher the chances of developing skin cancer.

Once our team has confirmed a single actinic keratosis (or multiple keratoses), we will determine a course of treatment to prevent a later skin cancer diagnosis. The treatment strategy we recommend will be based on several factors, including your age and health, the complexion of your skin, the location of the lesion, and how much it has spread. Usual treatments include:

  • Cryosurgery: Freezes the lesions with liquid nitrogen to destroy them
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage: Eliminates the lesion by removing the damaged skin one layer at a time
  • Medication: Some medications can help to minimize the appearance and scale of lesions while reducing the likelihood of scarring
  • Chemical peels: Peels are designed to carefully eliminate the top layer of unhealthy skin while encouraging healthy healing

The physicians at Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center will work with you to make sure you understand the details of your actinic keratosis treatment.

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If you're noticing damage to your skin that you think may be linked to sun exposure and actinic keratosis, we advise calling Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center as soon as you can to arrange a skin consultation. In many cases, AKs can be eliminated if they are addressed early. Our dermatologists in Midland, TX will strive to protect your skin and help you keep it healthy for years to come.

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