Acanthosis nigricans- how to treat?
Hello, my 27 years old female friend has got increased pigmentation and thickening of the skin on the back of her neck. According to the her, the increased pigmentation had begun approximately 2 years before, at about the time she was diagnosed as having diabetes mellitus. The skin lesions had worsened and had become a major concern. Her physical examination revealed an obese individual (105 kilograms). Acanthosis nigricans was present only on the back of her neck. Physical examination of all organs was normal. Several fasting blood glucose determinations ranged from 150- 400 mg per millimeter. How to treat this?
@parambrata In many situations, treating the underlying problem can help fade the discoloration. Examples may include: Losing weight. If your acanthosis nigricans is caused by obesity, losing weight may help. Stopping medications or supplements. If your condition seems to be related to a medication or supplement that you use, your doctor may suggest that you stop using that substance. Having surgery. If acanthosis nigricans was triggered by a cancerous tumor, surgically removing the tumor often clears up the skin discoloration. If you are concerned about the appearance of your skin or if the lesions become uncomfortable or start to smell bad, your doctor may suggest: Prescription creams to lighten or soften the affected areas. Antibacterial soaps, used gently, as scrubbing could worsen the condition. Topical antibiotic, oral acne medications, laser therapy to reduce the skin's thickness