Keratosis treatments are commonly recommended by physicians. These solutions include surgery and keratosis removal cream. Keratoses are unsightly and often painful. These small rough patches are located most commonly on the face, ears, nose and other areas of the skin that are exposed to excess sun.
Keratosis is seen in several different types of bumps including actinic keratosis, solar keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, keratosis pilaris and cutaneous horns. These bumps are reddish in color and can be covered with a white or yellowish crusty skin covering. The cutaneous horn is a form of keratosis that sticks out from the skin in a hornlike position. Actinic keratosis skin lesions have a risk of developing into cancer and should be treated as soon as possible.
Keratosis removal solutions are covered by insurance and when addressed by surgery they are considered to be a necessary surgical procedure rather than a cosmetic procedure. If the keratosis is located on the face then a cosmetic surgeon should be seen. Keratosis removal solutions can include the removal of the keratosis using liquid nitrate. This treatment causes the keratosis bump or horn to dissolve from the skin. Keratosis removal solutions also include laser treatments and surgical treatments that use a blade to remove the keratosis.
Actinic keratoses are precancerous and carry a 5% to 10% risk of developing into cancer such as melanoma skin cancer. The earlier the keratosis is removed the better, as removal of the keratosis removes the risk of developing into cancer. Keratosis treatments also include avoiding the sun. Sometimes avoiding the sun for a period of time will result in the fading and disappearing of the keratosis lesions.
These rough patches of skin can also be addressed through prescription creams which are given by the doctor or surgeon. These creams can be effective in addressing keratosis removal during its early stages of development. These unsightly and uncomfortable rough patches of skin can be removed effectively along with the risk of cancer. Excess sun exposure should be avoided following any treatment for keratosis removal. Future outbreaks of keratosis can be eliminated along with the risk of cancer by avoiding excess exposure to the sun. Fair skinned individuals are more prone to develop keratosis and should avoid sunbathing and unprotected exposure to the sun.