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Actinic Keratoses

Treatment

Actinic Keratoses Treatment

Actinic Keratoses are precancerous skin lesions that may progress into squamous cell carcinomas.

They usually occur in fair skinned individuals after years of sun exposure. Typical actinic keratoses are rough-feeling patch on skin that is more easily felt than seen. Most often, they are found on the skin that receives the most sun: the forehead, ears, neck, arms, hands, lower lip and bald scalps.

Various modalities are used to treat actinic keratoses. Cryosurgery, or freezing involved areas with a cold spray, is usual treatment for patients with few lesions. For widespread actinic keratoses, field treatment options include topical medications applied at home and in-office procedures using lasers, photodynamic therapy and chemical peels.

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