What is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic Keratosis (AK) is the most common pre-cancer found on the skin. The chances of having actinic keratosis are higher in the geriatric community, since a main cause is decades of exposure to the sun

Will Actinic Keratosis cause my resident discomfort?

AK can cause itchiness, discomfort, and make one’s skin look unhealthy. Additionally, if left untreated, it can develop into skin cancer.

Can my resident receive on-site treatment for Actinic Keratosis?

The most common treatment for AK is cryosurgery which can be performed on-site. It’s a short procedure that involves spraying liquid nitrogen on the lesion. Topical medications can also be used to treat the AK. If your facility’s assigned dermatological specialist recommends topical medications, the medications will be prescribed and your nursing staff will be informed how to apply the medication onto the affected area(s).

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