This problem is connected with hair follicles and it is created whenthey get keratinized. The condition is called keratosis it is extremelywidespread all around the world. Although it does not produce some seriousproblems, some of them can be discomforting. Several locations that it prefers areanterior highs, poster lateral upper arms and on the limbs surface. Unfortunately the problem cannot be treated, because the treatment can only decrease oreliminate the problem for just a while but they will return eventually.
Why does this condition happen? The main problemis the proper keratinocytes desquamation loss, because, when this happens,keratotic papule is created because of the plugged follicular orifice. We havestated that this condition is very common, and the fact is that almost everysecond human in America suffers from it. Keratosis pilaris is more common amongadolescents since the numbers show that 50-80% of this group is affected.Those who suffer from ichthyosis vulgaris usually have keratosis as well, even studies show that 74% people with this condition suffer from keratosis.
The treatment will consist of skin care treatment. This conditioncreates lesions that can seem very ugly and unattractive to someone, and theselesions can produce infections. They usually occur if a patient itches andscratches the lesion or because of an unfitting clothes. If the infection iscreated, the treatment for infection will have to be done. If the probleminvolves inflammation, topical steroid therapy is used, while treatment ofhorny papules without inflammation is a bit more difficult to treat.
When the problem occurs, baths will be substitutedwith tepid showers, and the education of this condition will also have to beconducted. The use of emollient cream can bring some relief as well, and all thisis very effective with problems that are not very serious. Some medications aregiven for this condition, and some of them are alpha hydroxy acid (has afunction of humectant), emollients with urea (with hygroscopic effect),ammonium lactate cream (has lactic acid and it will eliminate the excess ofkeratin), gels with salicylic acid and topical corticosteroids, which removes inflammation and have immunosuppressive abilities. The last medication we willmention in this text, which is used for treatment is triamcinolone acetonide0.1% cream. This steroid has anti-inflammatory abilities and removes theinflammation by decreasing the migration of the polymorphonuclear leukocytesand by capillary permeability reverse.