What Is This?

Actinic KeritosisOne day you notice a patchy white “growth” on your forearm. While it looks new, you recall there has been some itching at the spot. What to make of this?

Most likely this is a common condition called “actinic keritosis.” Although actinic keritosis can form at any time, it is usually found in the more mature individual who has had many years of sun exposure. Sun exposure is the leading cause of actinic keritosis, but aging skin alone can sometimes be the cause.

What to do with this?

You visit Dr. Stockton and allow him to evaluate the growth. He will determine whether or not it is indeed actinic keritosis or some other skin growth. Dr. Stockton may need to take a sample of the growth to fully determine what it is.

Once the growth is identified, the next step is deciding what to do about it. There are many ways growths can be removed from the skin. Dr. Stockton will discuss the options with you so you can decide what is best for you. It may be able to be removed during the same appointment.

In a case like this, even if the growth is excised, there won’t be any downtime and only minimal recovery of any sort.

So, next time you come across a new spot on your skin, call Dr. Stockton for your peace of mind.

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