Actinic Keratosis Symptoms, Causes & More

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Other Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

The physical manifestations of actinic keratosis develop slowly over a period of years. They're likely to appear on the face, lips, ears and scalp, as well as the neck, forearms and backs of the hands. Sometimes lesions can be felt before they can be seen.

Skin changes may be the only actinic keratosis symptoms a person notices. However, the affected areas may burn, itch or sting, or they may feel painful when touched. Bleeding may also occur.3‘Actinic Keratosis.’ Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 13 Jan. 2021, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/actinic-keratosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354969,4‘Actinic Keratosis: Signs and Symptoms.’ American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/actinic-keratosis-symptoms

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