Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Actinic Keratosis Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Clear Lake Dermatology can treat cases of actinic keratosis for patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area. This condition is caused by overexposure to the sun and can be a precursor to cancer. Actinic keratosis consists of small raised areas on the face, head, or neck that appear to be tiny warts but typically are pink or flesh-toned rather than darker in color.
Many patients notice actinic keratosis shortly after sun exposure. Millions of people are affected with this disorder, particularly those who spend a great deal of time outdoors. People of all ages can be susceptible to actinic keratosis; however, most people who develop this condition are above age 40. Caucasians are more susceptible to developing this disease than people of other races, and those with blue or green eyes are particularly prone to actinic keratosis.
Actinic Keratosis Treatment
Patients who discover one or more suspicious bumps on their skin should visit our doctors, who can make a proper diagnosis by examining the area. In some cases, a biopsy might be needed to confirm an initial diagnosis, as well as to test for the presence of skin cancer. If the bumps are extremely small, cream might be used to remove them. If lesions are very large, they may need to be removed by either scraping them with a surgical instrument or using freezing them off with cryotherapy
Actinic Keratosis Post-Treatment
Some scarring is possible if lesions are removed by cutting or freezing. Those who use topical medications to eliminate them generally do not notice scarring afterwards. Actinic keratosis can reappear at any time, especially if an individual continues to be exposed to the sun without proper protection.
Since actinic keratosis has the potential to eventually lead to skin cancer, those who suffer from this condition should make an appointment with Clear Lake Dermatology.