Actinic Keratosis Of The Lip

June 17, 2011

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Keratosis is a skin disorder that is mainly caused by over production of keratin in the skin. This skin disorder is common in children and adolescents but adults can have it too. It is also mainly inherited.

Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keritosis, is keratosis whereby the skin gets scaly and crusty patches. These patches are usually premalignant and therefore they can lead to cancer. This skin disorder is caused by over exposure to the sun and people with lighter skin are more likely to have the skin problem.

There are several symptoms and if you are not sure, please visit a dermatologist to get the best diagnosis. If you have this kind of keratosis you will notice scale-like patches on your skin. These patches can also be crusty due to dryness. The patches are also thick in size. These patches get to bumps that are rough and dry and with time, they develop and get wart-like. The color of these patches normally ranges from pink, black and shades of brown. Should you see these signs on your face, legs, chest, scalp, ears, lips or the neck, please see a dermatologist as you need medical attention.

Actinic keratosis on the lip is specifically referred to as actinic cheilitis. This term shows that the lips are inflamed due to a lot of exposure to the sun.

This signs of keratosis of the lip are a scaling lower lip that is usually dry, making it crack. The lip thickens and discolors to white.

Actinic keratosis of the lip is caused by over exposure to the sun over the years which make changes in the cellular structure of the skin cells scientifically referred to as keratinocytes.

To prevent this skin disorder, stay away from the sun and if you have to be exposed to it, please use sunscreen with a broad spectrum of at least factor 15.

Actinic keratosis skin disorder might lead to cancer and therefore, you need to treat it as early as possible. There are numerous remedies and you should take advantage of them.

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