Actinic Keratoses

What Causes Actinic Keratoses?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of actinic keratoses we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow actinic keratoses to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind actinic keratoses consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to actinic keratoses.  For example, weakened immune system.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent colds/flus
very slow recovery from colds/flu
chronic productive cough
tonsils/adenoids out after age 20
regular infections
previous transplant surgery
prednisone use
coated tongue
cysts in breasts
elevated eosinophil count
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of actinic keratoses.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about actinic keratoses:
Actinic Keratoses. Small, raised, flaky skin lesions usually found on the forehead in older people.
Possible responses:
→ Never had them / don't know
→ Probably have a few
→ Current minor problem
→ Current minor problem, have had many removed
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either suspected actinic keratoses or actinic keratoses, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Weakened Immune System.  An immune system that is weakened, for example by chemotherapy or AIDS, is less able to fight off the effects of the sun radiation.
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