Actinic keratoses are found on chronically sun-exposed skin, most commonly on a fair-skinned person, middle-aged or older. Actinic keratoses are dry, scaly, rough-textured patches or bump or lesions forms on the outermost layer of the skin because Of large time exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunlight.
Causes of Actinic keratoses
Actinic keratosis occurs most commonly in fair skin, especially in the elderly and in young individuals with light complexions.
Signs and symptoms of Actinic keratoses
Some of the important symptoms of actinic keratosis are as:-
- Lesions ranging in color from pink to red to brown, or flesh-colored
- There may be chances of Itching, burning, or stinging.
- There is the possibility of presence of several patches close together.
- Skin growth or the bumps may get harden and become gritty.
- Skin lesion may be rough and dry textured.
- Patches generally range in size from 1 to 3 mm or may get larger.
Treatment of Actinic keratoses
There are several treatment options for Actinic keratosis , like cryosurgery (freezing), surgical excision, curettage (scraping) with or without electrosurgery (heat generated by an electric current) and topical (applied to the skin) medications. Half of the keratosis will go away on their own if one avoids all sun for a few years. One often sees several actinic keratoses show up at the same time.