Actinic Keratosis

What is Actinic Keratosis?
Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Do Not Ignore Scaly, Sun Damaged Skin

We frequently encounter patients with sun-damaged skin who present to us with scaly spots, known medically as actinic keratoses. These are not the typically encountered discolorations that occur as part of the normal aging process. If you have one or more actinic keratosis areas, you should come in for a consultation right away. These spots may be considered precancerous (cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma) and in most cases are removed or treated as soon as possible. Do not ignore skin with this appearance. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of actinic keratosis so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.

AADC Offers Photodynamic Therapy Specifically Created to Painlessly Treat Actinic Keratosis

Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center is pleased to offer photodynamic therapy, specifically for treating actinic keratoses, a form of pre-cancerous growth, at our location in Altoona, Pennsylvania. This innovative treatment utilizes a special solution and light source to eliminate unusual cells within the skin. The process is pain-free, non-invasive, and highly effective in treating the condition. Patients in the Altoona region can expect comprehensive care and cutting-edge treatments for all their skin concerns with this new addition to our services. Our team of adept dermatologists, nurses, and support staff are committed to providing exceptional services using the latest technologies and techniques. We encourage all patients to contact the center to schedule an appointment to learn more about this thrilling new treatment option.

Driver, Outdoor Worker, Fair Skin, or Sun Worshipper? Examine Your Skin

Although anyone can get actinic keratoses, those who “worship the sun,” who work outside most of the time, or vacation in the tropics are most commonly afflicted. Some of the factors that predispose an individual to developing this precancerous condition include fair skin, significant sunburn history, several areas of photo-aged skin, inadequate immune system, and employment outdoors/driving. Those who spend long hours outside should be careful to always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (50+) as directed and carefully examine the skin on a regular basis. Following treatment for actinic keratosis, regular monitoring of the skin is recommended. The condition is known to recur.

Contact Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center if you have any skin-related concerns. We offer professional treatment of actinic keratosis. Call: (814) 944-7109.