Treatments For Keratosis

September 12, 2010

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If you have too much keratin on your skin, you are prone to keratosis. Keratin is the main component of human hair and nails. This gives keratosis its bumpy or rough attributes. Whatever kind of keratosis you have, there are many treatments available to cure them. All you have to do is to consult a dermatologist and be knowledgeable of the type of keratosis you have.

Treatments for Actinic Keratosis

Since actinic appear like warts, they can be removed by surgery or just drugs to make them fall off.

•    The area is frozen off in a method called cryosurgery. Once it is frozen and stiff, it is easier to remove.

•    Electrocautery, as the name suggests, uses electricity.

•    Among all treatments, laser is proven to be the most effective.

•    Aldara is a treatment also used for genital warts, but can also be used for actinic keratosis. It is a kind of drug which amends the immune response.

•    5 Fluoracil is a chemotherapy agent. It is an emulsion, usually in ointment form that is applied to the AK to make it fall off by itself.

Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris

Pilaris has resemblance to chicken skin. They can also appear like acne. The truth is, sad to say there is no remedy for KP yet.

•    Using creams possessing Tretinoin can help enhance keratosis pilaris. Acne is treated with the same kind of cream. It also stimulates the outer layer of skin to grow faster so that the amount of keratin on skin will be reduced.   It is less probably that keratin won’t be amassed in hair follicles and clog them.

•    Keratinization can be decelerated by a retinoid called Adapelene. It also peels off dead skin cells.

Treatments for Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic resembles actinic, but in this case, this type of keratosis is greasy. It may seem harmless, but its effects on one’s confidence are bad. The treatments could be the next.

•    Cryotherapy is also used for SK situations.

•    Curette is used on SK in a procedure called curettage. The doctor would scrape the SK and sometimes this method is used along with cryotherapy.

•    Seborrheic keratosis can also be removed through laser treatments.

•    Electrocautery is usually combined with curettage.

Now you are aware of the treatments, it is time to ask your doctor what type of treatment will be suitable for you.

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