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).
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OTHER Medical DERMATOLOGY
Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and around the world. While dangerous, skin cancer is treatable with early detection.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that involves two steps: the use of a light-sensitive drug and the application of a light source to destroy abnormal cells.
Barnacles are a very common benign growth. See your dermatologist if you are concerned, because skin cancer can sometimes look similar to a seborrheic keratosis to an untrained eye.
It is usually quite easy to remove moles surgically. Usually there is a trade involved – removing the mole in exchange for a small scar. If the mole is large and the scar will be less noticeable, then it is a good trade.
Many people suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea.
“Rash” is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and may appear as a red patch, small bumps or blisters on the skin.
Warts (Verrucae) are common growths that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These can commonly involve the fingers, hands, feet, while certain strains can cause genital warts.
REMEMBER you may have multiple types of bumps and bumps and some that may not be listed here:
- Small, hard, white bumps (milia)
- Enlarged oil glands (sebaceous hyperplasia)
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease characterized by itchy or sore patches of various sizes. Often theses patches of skin have, silvery scales.
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