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:
very slow recovery from colds/flu
recent productive cough
previous transplant surgery
tonsils/adenoids out before age 20
elevated eosinophil count
history of cysts in breasts
... 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
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.
→ 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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