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Actinic Keratosis

Alternate Names : Solar Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

The skin lesions of actinic keratosis start out as flat, scaly, red patches. These patches are seen on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun. They are dry, horny, and rough. The lesions are often felt more easily than they are seen. Sometimes the lesions may be tender or cause itching.

The lesions grow slowly and range from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter. They may go away and return at a later time. Over time, the lesions may change to wartlike white, hard crusts. Common locations for the lesions include:

  • backs of hands and forearms
  • bald scalp
  • face and ears
  • lips
  • neck

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    Actinic Keratosis: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/20/01

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