Treatment of Actinic Keratosis - Precancer

Actinic Keratoses (AKs) are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. AKs can sometimes progress into dangerous skin cancers.

There are many treatment options for AKs. AK treatments can be divided into several broad categories: destructions, chemotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. Destructions are procedures designed to physically remove the AKs by cutting, scraping, chemical peels, lasering, cauterizing ("burning"), or freezing. One of the most common methods of AK destruction is cryotherapy, or freezing with liquid nitrogen. The intense cold of the liquid nitrogen instantly freezes the targeted skin cells so they die, scab, and peel off. Topical chemotherapy is drugs applied to the skin to remove AKs. Drugs used in this way include 5-fluorouracil cream (Carac,Fluoroplex,Efudex), diclofenac sodium gel (Solaraze), and imiquimod cream (Zyclara).



Other Medical Dermatology

Treatment of sun damage

Long term sun exposure causes skin damage including wrinkles, age spots and change in skin texture. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light can

Removal of benign growths (moles and cysts)

Moles or cysts  may become uncomfortable or worrisome. Proper evaluation by a dermatologist is needed before considering treatment options. Common

Removal of skin tags

A skin tag, medically known as acrochordon, is a small, benign flap of flesh-colored tissue that hangs off the skin by a small, narrow connecting

Removal and treatment of warts

Warts are generally harmless, but genital warts should be taken seriously. There are many treatment options for warts, although often warts reappear

Skin Cancer surgery

There are many treatments for skin cancer. Options for treatment depend on may factors including: Type of skin cancer. Where the skin cancer

Skin Biopsies

Skin biopsy is an important diagnostic tool for skin disorders. During this minor office procedure a small piece of skin is removed for examination