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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is porokeratosis?

A skin condition which appears as raised brown bumps that may expand into scaly patches. It is not contagious, but it may be passed down through genetics.

Symptoms of porokeratosis

  • There is a net-like or circular rash on parts of my skin

  • Redness in sun-exposed areas of skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for porokeratosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose porokeratosis

  • Does your skin have a circular or target like pattern?

  • Do you have redness on the sun-exposed areas of your skin?

Treatment for porokeratosis

This condition typically does not require treatment. In benign cases, lesions will be monitored and watched for signs of malignancy. Topical or systemic drugs such as immune response modifiers or retinoids may be prescribed to help reduce the symptoms. In some cases, procedural interventions, such as cryotherapy and laser therapy, may be necessary.

Diseases related to Porokeratosis

References

  • Lu JD, Mufti A, Sachdeva M, Rahat S, Lansang RP, Yeung J. Drugs associated with development of porokeratosis: A systematic review. Dermatol Ther. 2021 Jan;34(1):e14560. doi: 10.1111/dth.14560. Epub 2020 Dec 1. PMID: 33210788.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dth.14560

  • Sehgal VN, Jain S, Singh N. Porokeratosis. J Dermatol. 1996 Aug;23(8):517-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.1996.tb02644.x. PMID: 8854582.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1346-8138.1996.tb02644.x

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