Actinic Keratoses

December 16, 2011

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If you begin to see a spot on your skin that looks rather rough, what you are looking at may well be actinic keratoses. This particular skin condition can also be referred to as solar keratoses. It got this name from the fact that it can be gotten when the skin is excessively exposed to the sun. It can be somewhat big in appearance. At times, it can be as big as 6 mm in diameter. This is a skin condition that has the tendency to make your skin look very ugly.  When you touch actinic keratoses, it feels soft to the touch. It always appears reddish and at times it has some kind of scaly covering on top.

The painful part of things

Actinic keratoses can be considerably painful. It is however not always like this. Whenever you touch the spot with your finger or you allow your clothing to brush over it, you are sure to feel this deep pain that will make you feel like tearing off your skin. Those ones that occur in places that are usually covered by the cloth tend to be the most painful; since clothing will always brush over them.

Who can have it?

If you are the type of person that spends lots of time under the sun, you may end up with this skin condition. In case you are having a job that requires that you stay under the sun for a long time, it may end up affecting you and you may develop actinic keratoses. Those who have very fair skin too can end up with this skin condition. The actinic keratoses does not occur immediately anyway. It may take a number of years before the person begins to notice the spots. This must have been after the individual had exposed him or herself to the sun for the greater part of those years.

Do you have suppressed immune system? Then you stand a very great chance of ending up with actinic keratoses. Those who can have compromised immune systems are those who are on a particular type of drug or those who had undergone major surgical operation.

Where can it occur?

Any part of the body that is usually exposed to the sun can have actinic keratoses. The cheek, the legs, the neck and even the face do end up with it. Actinic keratoses can also affect both sexes.

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