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Keratosis treatment

Keratosis can appear as dry and scaly spots of skin on your body. We look at what keratosis treatment involves.

Actinic keratosis, or solar keratosis, is a skin condition that develops with age and is primarily caused by long term sun exposure.

The condition presents with hard, dry, scaly spots of skin, usually on the scalp, face, backs of the hands and forearms.

Once your consultant dermatologist has made the diagnosis, there are a variety of creams you may be prescribed which can be effective in milder cases.

Thicker keratoses may be frozen off using a technique known as cryotherapy, which involves the use of liquid nitrogen.

If the keratosis has become extremely thickened and raised or if there is a suspicion that it may be turning cancerous surgery may be appropriate. The procedure may involve a biopsy to sample. The keratosis is removed with a surgical curette or cutting out with a scalpel.

Following the treatment, you should be able to return home half an hour after surgery. You are likely to be left with some scarring or discoloured skin, depending on the severity of the affected area.

Specialists offering Keratosis treatment

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Dr Mieran Sethi

Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS, BSc (hons), MRCP (UK) (Dermatology), PhD

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Sanjaykumar M Rajpara

Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon

MBBS, MD (Dermatology), MRCP, FRCP, Fellowship in Mohs surgery/skin surgery and lasers

Albyn Hospital 2 more The Blackheath Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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Dr Roy Palmer

Consultant Dermatologist


Mount Alvernia Hospital 1 more The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Dr Laurence Lever

Consultant Dermatologist


The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Colin Morton

Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB(Glasgow), MRCP(UK), MD(Glasgow), FRCP(UK)

Kings Park Hospital

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