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Actinic Keratosis

A rough, scaly patch, bump or reddish spot on areas of the skin often exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, hands and forearms.

What is it?

Actinic keratosis is amongst the most frequent skin conditions we manage and treat at Mountain State Dermatology. This condition, also referred to as solar keratosis, is often the result of extended exposure to the sun, tanning beds, or sunlamps. It manifests as a precancerous skin growth that takes the form of red, pink, or brown spots on the surface of the skin. They may also look or feel inflamed. These spots commonly appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, lips, ears, neck, hands, arms, and shoulders. In addition, actinic keratoses more easily felt than seen.


Generally affecting adults, this condition often develops due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. The incidence of actinic keratosis can be reduced by limiting sun exposure and safeguarding your skin from UV rays. While we understand that the sun can be enjoyable, it can also pose risks. Sun damage can accumulate throughout the year in West Virginia - even during the chillier winter months - so we recommend the regular use of SPF 30+ sunscreen and limiting your time under the potentially harmful rays. We also recommend annual skin checks with a board-certified dermatologist who is an expert at identifying and treating abnormal skin growths. 


How is it treated?

If you have a new or growing mark on your skin, one that bleeds or develops into a persistent sore, or a spot that you have noticed may come and go in the same location, it's important to seek medical intervention as early as posisble. If left untreated, actinic keratoses could evolve into a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma. Our proficient, doctor-led team will thoroughly examine any questionable area on your skin and guarantee that you receive swift, secure treatment. We frequently eliminate these growths via a freezing procedure, topical medicated lotion, gel, or cryotherapy. Anyone who has a history of actinic keratosis should continue with regular skin exams.


Our experienced dermatologists are available to provide treatment for actinic keratosis and annual skin exams in Bridgeport, Morgantown, Charleston, Parkersburg, Wheeling, and Hurricane, WV

THE TREATMENTS BELOW CAN HELP WITH ACTINIC KERATOSIS:
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