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Actinic keratosis Dermatologist Rockville MD

What is Actinic keratosis?

An actinic keratosis appears as rough, dry, scaly patch or growth that form on the skin. Ultraviolet rays from the sun or indoor tanning can trigger actinic keratosis.

Actinic keratosis can occur more than once in a person and should be under dermatologist's care. Most people have lots of actinic keratosis continue to get new actinic keratosis. If left untreated, actinic keratosis can be considered precancerous. Squamous cell carcinoma is a type skin cancer from actinic keratosis. Actinic keratosis can be prevented before they become skin cancer by seeing dermatologist for checkups. If skin cancer does develop, it can be caught early when treatment often cures skin cancer.

Preventing this skin problem a patient must do a skin screening with one of the General Dermatologist like Dr. Matthew Katz. At Katz Dermatology located at Rockville, MD.


What are the sign and symptoms of Actinic Keratosis?

No symptoms can be found for most people who have actinic keratosis. For more information of this Actinic Keratosis see a General Dermatologist immediately. Changes to the skin are the only noticeable symptoms that occur. few symptoms to watch for actinic keratosis:

  • Rough-feeling patch on skin that cannot be seen,
  • rough patch or growth
  • that feels painful when rubbed,
  • itching or burning lips,
  • lips feel constantly dry

Actinic keratosis can come and go, it can remain for months, and then flake off and disappear. After it disappear, the skin can suddenly feel smooth. Most of the Actinic Keratosis re-occur in a few days to a few weeks. When a person goes outdoors without sun protection, it gives a higher chance to re-occur.

When the top layer of the skin is badly damaged, Actinic keratosis forms. You can get more Actinic Keratosis. The deeper the damage in skin, the higher the chance of cancer can be develop.


Who are prone to Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic Keratosis most likely occur to people who have the following traits:

  • Fair skin
  • Hair color is naturally blond or red
  • Eyes are naturally blue, green, or hazel
  • Skin freckles or burns when in the sun
  • 40 years of age or older
  • Weak immune system, which has many causes including Organ transplant:
    • The medicine that prevents rejection weakens the immune system.
  • Have a medical condition that makes the skin very sensitive to UV rays, such as:
    • Albinism (albino)
    • Xeroderma pigmentosum
  • Work with substances that contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), such as coal or tar. Roofers have a higher risk of getting Actinic Keratosis because they spend their days outdoor and they work with tar.

40 years old is the common age for Actinic Keratosis to appear. Florida and Southern Californa are most likely to get Actinic Keratosis earlier because people who like in these places get intense sunlight all year. People who use tanning beds and sun lamps can also get Actinic Keratosis earlier. Maryland Dermatologist Dr. Robert Katz will give you his expertise in the entire skin problem.

Related Topics: Acne, Photo Aging, Skin Cancer