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Saturday, December 8, 2012
The answer to yesterdays image challenge is #2 - Keratoderma. This scaly condition affects hands and feet and can be congenital (passed on by genes) or acquired. There is a yellowish thickening and scaling of the skin and deep fissures can occur. There are a number of different types of inherited conditions that have keratoderma and they are difficult to treat.
Acquired keratodermas can be caused by eczema, lichen planus, psoriasis, Reiter's syndrome, drugs, internal malignancy and AIDS. Besides treating the underlying disorder, the keratoderma is treated with topical solutions (salicylic acid 5%, lactic acid 10%, urea 10-40%) and topical retinoids. Ulraviolet A (PUVA) may be needed in severe cases.