DSAP or Disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis is a rare skin condition that results in formation of brown scaly spots. It is an inherited skin condition that causes dry patches in arms and legs. Symptoms are:
• Appearance of small conical papules around hair follicles that are red or brown in color
• Grows into a sharp, slightly raised keratotic ring
• Itching when exposed to sun
HOW IS DSAP DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis will be carried out by the general physician or a dermatologist who will conduct a skin tests as well as a blood test in order to find the presence of the faulty carrier gene that may have caused the condition.
HOW IS DSAP TREATED?
There is no known treatment for Dsap. Patients have been known to use moisturisers to reduce dryness. Avoiding the sun by using sunscreen creams and lotions and long sleeves could prevent skin damage. Some creams such as topical retinoid, imiquimod and 5-fluorouracil might be prescribed. Larger spots can be frozen with the use of liquid nitrogen. Examinations for skin cancer could be advised.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dsap is an inherited disorder that only occurs on the lower arms and legs and not on the cheeks, forehead or scalp. Women are more prone to this disorder.