Causes Of Keratosis & Its Diagnosis

February 1, 2011

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Medically referred to as Keratosis Pilaris, this is a common skin condition that is associated with an accumulation of bumps and scars on the surface of the skin. There is no limit as to where the bumps may develop, it could be on the arms, legs, face or any other skin surface. Unlike other skin conditions, Keratosis is not really that much of a nuisance as it does not itch. The only effect it may have on you is that it may distort your usual skin appearance, especially if it appears on your face or any other exposed skin surface.

Surprisingly enough, the exact cause of Keratosis is not known. Scientists have tried researching on this issue with all available lab equipments but all they can come up with is not quite precise. There is the commonly known theory that points its blame at an excess accumulation of keratin on the skin as being the cause of Keratosis. This is somewhat true and has been confirmed by scientists.

There is a belief that Keratosis is thought to be partly inherited. This belief came up after a study was done and statistics showed that about fifty percent of patients with Keratosis have a known generic predisposition. With such a statistic, there is also the expectation that there will be a high rate of affected family members. Other than that, Keratosis may develop as a result of hypersensitivity reactions and an overall dryness of the skin. It could also develop from certain allergies, asthma or from other skin conditions like eczema.

Diagnosing Keratosis is actually not that much of an uphill task. The fact that the condition is on the surface of the skin means that there is a likelihood of application of creams or oils on the affected skin surface. Other than that, should your condition be confirmed to be genetically acquired, just find out from the relevant persons on how to handle the condition. Treatment may differ as people have different skin compositions. All in all, remember that Keratosis is not a contagious condition. Keep in mind that it is not an infection but a skin condition as it is not caused by bacteria, fungus or a virus. You will also not get Keratosis through skin contact with an infected person hence there should be no reason to avoid people with this skin condition as it is completely harmless.

Keratosis further readingFurther Reading:

Actinic Keratosis

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Actinic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis

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