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Catch actinic keratosis early with a visit to an Algonquin dermatology specialist
An estimated 58 million Americans have the common type of skin blemish known as actinic keratosis. This condition is sometimes called solar keratosis because it manifests as elevated dry, scaling patches on areas of chronically sun-damaged skin. Because it is triggered by ultraviolet rays, AK usually shows up on sun-exposed body parts – bald scalp, face, lips, and backs of hands. It is easy to ignore, but actinic keratosis is a precancerous condition. Algonquin dermatologist, Dr. Vikram Khanna, urges prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Who is at risk?
People who with fair complexions have markedly increased risk of developing AK. Dr. Khanna explains the cause of actinic keratosis as, “Many Caucasian patients are born with little built-in sunscreen. Residents of our practice area are very outdoors-oriented. They are gardeners, boaters, golfers, fishermen, or simply work outdoors. This contributes greatly to the high numbers of patients in the area with actinic keratosis. Ultraviolet damage from tanning beds can also be a large contributing factor.”
The incidence of AK is somewhat higher in men, as they tend to be less consistent about wearing sunscreen and usually spend more time outside. It is important to note that while other ethnicities are not as susceptible, anyone can develop AK or skin cancer.
Early detection and treatment is vital
Actinic keratoses may be mistaken for warts, but they have the potential to develop into a serious type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. It is vitally important to seek accurate diagnosis from a dermatology specialist. If caught early, the chances of preventing skin cancer from developing are very good.
Dermatology Specialists of Illinois in Algonquin offers many tailored treatment options for actinic keratosis, including:
Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy
Photodynamic therapy with blue light
Various prescription creams.
If you have a suspicious rough patch of skin, please don’t delay – call (844) 307-7546 right away.