Diagnosis: Actinic keratosis

3 Jan 2013 10:53 pm     No Comments    Posted under: Health & illness

Actinic keratosis is something I have never heard of at least, never reflected over before. Until recently when I was diagnosed with this myself. Actinic keratosis is caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, actinic keratosis (AK) is also known as solar keratoses.  They typically appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, bald scalp, lips, and the back of the hands, and are often elevated, rough in texture. Untreated AKs can advance to SCC, the second most common form of skin cancer, and some experts believe they are actually the earliest stage of SCC.

According to my dermatologist this skin damage is done during the first 20 years of life, and then it’s a matter of time before you see the symptoms. I am quite young however to already have had symptoms… but being born South African my dermatologist was not so suprised.

I am now going through a kind of chemotherapy treatment which is rather tough! But at the end of it, I should be fine and have fabolous skin again. My damaged area is in my face, just about all over and a bit on my chest.

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The treatment is for four weeks, 3 times a week. The first two weeks are fine, but the next few weeks are horrific. This is when the skin starts to react. The immun system gets attacked and the damaged areas become infected sores… The healing process is then another 4 weeks long. But after the treatment the skin comes out new and soft, like a baby bottom! 🙂
Looking forward to that… At the moment I am in the middle of it and look a mess – to put it mildly!
I stay indoors and don’t show myself to anyone… except close friends and family!

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Anyway, I was not sure whether I was going to write about this or now on my blog, but I thought that maybe someone else out there is looking for information and can be helped by my experiences. I have not found any blogs about people going through this treatment, yet it is very common!

Do you know anyone who has done this?

Much love and I am still here, but maybe not writing as often as usual… But soon I am back, fit for fight again! <3

 

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