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Lesions and Skin Cancer: What Is Actinic Keratosis?

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When the skin is exposed to harsh UV rays over time, it may develop a number of skin conditions or lesions that could, in turn, become cancerous growths. Actinic Keratosis (AK) is one of the most common precancer skin conditions and is usually characterized by rough or scaly patches of skin. Because these lesions can lead to skin cancer, talk to your dermatologist to learn more about how to detect signs of and treat actinic keratosis.

Detecting Actinic Keratosis

While AK spots may not be immediately visible, they do change the texture of the skin. These scaly growths often feel like rough sandpaper and, over time will turn red, grey, or darken in color. AK lesions may feel tender, itchy, or cause no sensation at all. Common problem areas where actinic keratosis develops are the arms, legs, face, shoulders, and any other area that is frequently exposed to the sun.

Cause for Concern

AK is not cancerous but can lead to the development of skin cancer if left untreated. While not all AK will develop into squamous cell carcinoma, it is difficult to determine which lesions pose a greater threat. Therefore, dermatologists recommend that patients with actinic keratosis growths have them removed. Fair-skinned individuals have a greater risk of developing AK as do those who live near the equator.

AK Treatment Options

There are several treatments for actinic keratosis, including destructions, chemotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. In addition to growth removal through cryotherapy, laser surgery or chemical peeling, your dermatologist may recommend a topical medication to supplement other treatments and to minimize side effects.

For more information about actinic keratosis, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Red All Over: Rosacea Symptoms and Treatment

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Characterized by red and inflamed skin, rosacea, a chronic skin condition, affects men and women of all ages. Because it resembles acne and most often appears on the face, rosacea can be a cause of embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. If you suffer from rosacea, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options to help you manage your skin.

Rosacea Symptoms

In addition to redness, inflammation and soreness around the eyes, more severe rosacea symptoms may present themselves as the condition progresses. Skin redness can worsen with exposure to the sun or heat, and the condition can also cause papules or pustules, blemishes that often leave scarring. Older patients may also develop rhinophyma, an uneven swelling of the nose that is caused by the hardening of skin.

Rosacea may be worsened by certain triggers that can vary among patients. Sun exposure is the most common trigger that patients report. Other common factors that may irritate the skin are spicy foods, hot weather, cosmetics, and stress. If you suffer from rosacea, keep a log of your triggers to discuss with your dermatologist and to learn how to manage your environment and triggers.  

Rosacea Treatments

Patients with rosacea should talk with their dermatologist to see which rosacea treatment is appropriate for them. Although it is not curable, rosacea can be managed through lifestyle changes and a customized skincare regimen. Your dermatologist may recommend mild cleansers and moisturizers to soothe the skin; avoid harsh exfoliators and products containing alcohol that may aggravate your condition. Prescription medications may also help to reduce inflammation and are available in oral and topical mediums.

For more information about treating or managing rosacea, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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Treating Skin Cancer and Precancerous Growths: Resources for Further Reading

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Protecting your skin from the Florida sun is a year-round endeavor. The sun’s rays can penetrate through even cold and cloudy days, damaging skin and contributing to skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist about the skin problems that could arise as a result of skin damage, and read more about possible treatment options below.

  • A common form of precancer, actinic keratosis appears as lesions on the skin and can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. For more information about actinic keratosis, refer to this guide from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  • While many moles appear on the skin naturally and are benign, some may display signs of skin cancer. Read more about skin moles and how they could affect your risk for melanoma with this National Cancer Institute guide.
  • A procedure that can be used to treat cancerous lesions or abnormal skin cells, cryotherapy freezes the affected nerve causing pain or other skin problems. Learn more about how cryotherapy works and the conditions it can treat with this WebMD guide.

For more information about moles and monitoring for skin cancer, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Actinic Keratosis: Treating Precancerous Lesions

Precancerous growths that appear as lesions on the skin, Actinic Keratoses should be treated by a skin care expert or dermatologist to prevent them from developing into skin cancer. While a variety of treatments exist to treat AKs, sun protection and sun avoidance are among the preventative measures patients can take to curb the development of actinic keratosis. In the video below, learn more about the different treatments for Actinic Keratoses.

In some cases, the lesion will be treated directly with procedures like cryosurgery or photodynamic therapy. In others, field directive treatment will be taken. As Dr. Gary Goldenberg explains, removing AKs can be akin to removing weeds from a garden; while the individual lesions will be removed, underlying problems may remain. In cases requiring field treatment, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical chemotherapy to prevent lesions from reoccurring.

For more information about actinic keratosis, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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