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- Fair complexion
- Easy sunburning
- Extra exposure to sun
- Occupations or pastimes in sunlight such as farmer, lifeguard, or athlete in outdoor sports
- Spotted or smeared red, thinning skin
- Rough, scaly, or crusted patches
- Surgical removal—lesion is scraped or cut out with a scalpel
- Cryosurgery—a freezing spray that kills abnormal tissue
- Chemical peel—chemicals can destroy the abnormal tissue on the surface of the skin
- Photodynamic therapy—chemical is applied to the area and activated by special lights
- 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) cream—attacks damaged skin
- Imiquimod—topical cream
- Diclofenac gel
- Avoid sun exposure.
- Protect your skin when outdoors. Wear long sleeves, long pants or a long skirt. Use a wide-brimmed hat, especially during the middle of the day.
- Use sun screen with an SPF of at least 15.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology http://www.aocd.org/
BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/
HealthLink BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/
Actinic keratosis. DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamicmedical.com/dynamed.nsf?opendatabase . Updated May 8, 2012. Accessed January 2, 2013.
Actinic keratosis. The Skin Cancer Foundation website. Available at: http://www.skincancer.org/ak/index.php . Accessed January 2, 2013.
Jeffes EW III, Tang, EH. Actinic keratosis. Current treatment options. Am J Clin Dermatol . 2000;1:167.
Rivers JK, Arlette J, Shear N, et al. Topical treatment of actinic keratoses with 3.0% diclofenac in 2.5% hyaluronan gel. Br J Dermatol . 2002;146:94.
Stockfleth E, Meyer T, Benninghoff B, Christophers E. Successful treatment of actinic keratosis with imiquimod cream 5%: a report of six cases. Br J Dermatol . 2001;144:1050.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/31/2013 -