Some Signs And Symptoms Of Actinic Keratosis

Some Signs And Symptoms Of Actinic Keratosis Aug,12,2021

An Actinic Keratosis is a condition that develops when the skin is damaged badly by the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This can also happen due to the UV light from indoor tanning.


Signs Of Actinic Keratosis 

The spots from actinic keratosis can be similar to age spots. When actinic keratosis is left untreated, it develops into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Therefore, you need to find out if you have this type of precancerous growth on your skin.


Ways In Which Precancerous Growth Can Appear 

As per the experts in affordable health clinics and low income medical clinics, you will often be able to feel squamous actinic keratosis before you see it. Some of how actinic keratosis can appear on your skin are shared below.


A Rough Feeling Patch 

You will have one or more scaly and rough bumps on your skin that can look like spots of irritated skin or pimples. Some patients have described the skin patch as feeling like sandpaper.


Scaly, Rough Bumps Resembling Pimples 

There can be many raised and scaly spots on the skin surface that look like acne or a rash breakout. If you have such breakouts, visit a dermatologist in a nearby affordable health clinic to ensure that it is an acne breakout.


A Rough Feeling Raised Patch That Is Pink, Gray, Red, Or Skin Colored 

You may have a scaly and flat area on your skin that looks like an age spot. The skin patch can be rough and can be pink, red, grey, or skin-colored.


Scaly Area Resembling Age Spot 

In people who have the skin of color, actinic keratosis can resemble age spots. The area can be flat and scaly and can be easily misunderstood as an age spot.


A Scaly And Dry Lip That Never Heals 

A dry and scaly lip that never heals can be a sign of actinic keratosis. Also, the dry white patches on your lip might be showing that you are having a precancerous condition.


Loss Of Color On Lips 

Your lips may lose color and may turn into the same color as the skin of your face. This can be a sign that you are suffering from actinic keratosis.


A Growth Resembling An Animal’s Horn 

Actinic Keratosis can appear in the form of an animal’s horn and this usually shows that the person has a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, which is a type of skin cancer. Therefore, get the horn-like growth on your skin surface examined ASAP.

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    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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