Actinic Keratosis

Learn More About the Diagnosis and Treatment of This Precancerous Growth in Boise, ID

Crusty, scaly, sandpaper-like spots on sun-exposed areas of the skin are characteristic of a growth known as actinic keratosis. Boise, ID, dermatologist Dr. Naomi Brooks diagnoses and treats patients exhibiting this sun-related lesion, and provides them with the education to take further appropriate preventative measures.

What is An Actinic Keratosis?

An actinic keratosis (AK), also called a solar keratosis, is a scaly, rough growth on the skin caused by UV damage. The plural form, actinic keratoses, is often used, because it is common to have several and numerous AKs. Skin specialists consider AKs to be precancer, which means they can develop into skin cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) if left untreated.

Treatment options include cryotherapy, topical creams (5-fluorouracil or imiquimod), liquid nitrogen, and levulon with photodynamic therapy (blue light).

An actinic keratosis typically occurs on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, ears, neck, scalp, chest, hands, and arms.

If you have an abnormal growth, or would like to learn more about actinic keratosis, Boise-based dermatologist Dr. Brooks would be happy to see you in a consultation. Contact Boise Dermatology in Idaho online or by phone at 208.888.0660.