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Actinic keratosis is a medical condition in which there is a formation of rough scaly patch on your skin due to excess and prolonged exposure to the sun's rays. It is also known as solar keratosis and is commonly found in the areas of ears, lips, forearms, scalp and neck. They take years to develop and a small percentage of cases can even develop into skin cancer. Read on more to find out all about the different causes and symptoms of actinic keratosis.
Causes: The primary cause for actinic keratosis is due to frequent or intense exposure to the UV rays either from the sun or from tanning beds. It has been seen that although people of all ages can be affected by actinic keratosis, people who are above the age of 40, people who live in sunny climates, people who have a history of frequent or intense exposure to the sun or sunburn, people with a history of actinic keratosis and people with a weak immune system are more prone to be affected by actinic keratosis.
Symptoms: Actinic keratosis has distinct features and if you have developed such symptoms, then you are more than likely to be suffering from actinic keratosis.
- Existence of rough, scaly or dry patches of skin concentrated in certain parts of the body. These patches are usually less than 1 inch in diameter.
- They are usually flat and in some cases can be slightly raised in the form of a bump on the top most layer of the skin.
- In some instances, however, they can have the form of a hard wart like surface.
- These bumps or lesions can be pink, red, brown or flesh colored.
- Intense itching and burning can occur in the affected area.
- Actinic keratosis occurs primarily in the areas of the body, which have been exposed to the sun's rays the most. These include the face, ears, lips, back of the hands, forearms, scalp and neck.
As it is very difficult to differentiate between cancerous and noncancerous spots, it is recommended to consult a doctor and opt for treatment.
I am 32 years old and have developed a blackish patch on my left temple in the face. I noticed the patch about a month ago and thought it was tanning, but after getting tanning removed the patch now looks more prominent as rest of the face tanning has reduced.
I am 25 year old male, my hair fall is increasing, every time while taking shower and combing hair I notice hair fall and I have high BP and my kidney disease in initial stage and taking treatment and medicine for that. May I know why hair fall starting at this young age please? And I apply coconut hair oil very rare all the time.
Dear Doctors Good morning Good day My name is shabib I'm from Mumbai I'm 26 years old I have so many acne, blackheads pimples in my chin Gaal par chote chote khaddhe bhi hai Kindly pls give some good suggestions.
My 14 years old son has started premature greying at 10 years. Is their any permanent solution to this problem available in medical science? Kindly let me know.
I have some pimples on my screen and they spitting again and again. After that there is an mark such pimples (blackish or radish). Plse suggest me. Thank you.
Hi. I am suffering from hair loss from past six months especially during hair bath. Kindly suggest me simple remedies. Thank you.
I am loosing my hair very quickly and tried all shampoo but the hair fall dosent stop. I also savedmy hair as I hear somewhere that it reduces the hair loss but it was not profitable. What should I do to stop hair fall?
How to reduce the marks of pimples on face. My marks come with chickenpox marks its is like dot dot in my face.
I am 23 years old, male. I am facing anal itching for past 4 months. For this whole duration I have been taking homeopathic medicine with no results. Some doctors said its piles but in my case I have no bleeding issues or pain while passing the stool. Its just the unquenching itch that irritates me. I would highly appreciate if you could throw some light on this. Thank you.
There has been a lot of itching in my ear. Due to which I tend to hurt my ear some times. Which leads to pain in my ear and headache.
I have too much hair fall n my hair is nt growing though I used kesh king oil medicine n shampoo thn also no increase in hair length n no decrease in hair fall please suggest me a gud oil, tablet or shampoo wat evr needed to increase my hair length.
I have black spots as well as pimples on my face it's problem at long time Pls tell me it's solution.
The worst part about being diagnosed with chicken pox is that even after the virus leaves your body, your skin is still marked with scars from the blisters. Like any other scar, in most cases these scars fade with time but this process can be quite slow. Scars, especially those on your face can also affect your self confidence and image. Luckily, there are a number of ways to deal with scars and fasten the fading process.
Here are a few tips to help reduce scars caused by chickenpox:
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E not only helps hydrate the skin, but is rich in anti-oxidants that promote the production of collagen and protect the skin from free radicals and other impurities. Vitamin E can be found in foods such as almonds, spinach and papaya. They can also be consumed in form a capsule or used in form of oil. Including vitamin E rich foods in your diet or massaging the scars with vitamin E oil can work wonders in getting rid of scars.
- Coconut water: Coconut water is not only delicious, but also rich in nutrients essential for the skin and lauric acid and cytokines. This helps regulate cell growth in the skin and balances the pH levels. It also has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties that prevent breakouts. Along with drinking coconut water, you could also apply it directly on the affected areas to help speed the recovery process.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. This aids in collagen production and keeps the skin elastic and strong. It is also rich in alpha hydroxyl acids that help heal damaged skin. Lemon juice also has bleaching properties that help scars fade. Lemon juice can be diluted with water or applied directly on the skin.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera is known for its anti oxidant and anti microbial properties. This can protect the skin from bacterial infection and help soothe and heal skin. Its anti inflammatory properties also help relieve itching and redness caused by chickenpox blisters. Aloe vera also boosts collagen production and moisturizes the skin. Aloe vera can be used by applying the gel within its leaves directly on the skin and allowing it to dry. This can be repeated 3 to 4 times a day for best results.
- Baking soda: Scarring in cases of chicken pox is caused by scratching the blisters to relieve irritation and itchiness. Baking soda helps prevent the formation of scars by soothing this irritation and exfoliating the skin. It also helps balance the pH levels of the skin. A paste of baking soda and water can be massaged onto the affected areas to remove dead skin cells and prevent scarring.
All the above mentioned remedies will help you get rid of the scars and give you a beautifully glowing skin. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.