What is Keratosis?

Keratosis is a skin condition wherein there is the overgrowth of keratin in the skin or in the lining of the mouth and other mucous membranes. It has several types: actinic, seborrheic, keratosis pilaris and hydrocarbon keratosis.

Actinic keratosis is a type of tumor which has the tendency to become malignant and can spread to other parts of the body later in life. It often appears as thick crusts or scales which are commonly found in those with fair skin and those who stay outdoors frequently in the sun. They are usually due to UV light exposure from the sun which can cause damage to cells. When these lesions are left untreated, they may progress into squamous cell carcinoma. This type of skin disease is best treated by a dermatologist so that appropriate treatment is given such as Eumovate and Efudix.
   
Hydrocarbon keratosis is a type of skin disease which develops in people with exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Keratosis pilaris, on the other hand, is a genetic medical condition that is characterized by reddish and elevated lesions in the skin of the back and the upper arms.
 
Seborrheic keratitis is another disease which usually does not lead to cancers in the skin and are usually seen among people who have aged. They are often brownish and blackish and look like warts.

If you have a suspicious-looking skin lesion, it is best that you see your doctor so that treatment may be given such as Eumovate and Efudix.