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Prognosis Of Keratosis Pilaris

Those who suffer from keratosis pilaris experience patches of rough, tiny bumps across the surface of their skin. Areas of the body affected by this condition include the upper arms, the thighs, and sometimes the buttocks or the face. Despite its unpleasant appearance and resistance to treatment, keratosis pilaris may fade slowly with age in some patients.

In general, keratosis pilaris manifests as a chronic skin condition that worsens or improves in alternating periods. Anyone can be affected by keratosis pilaris, as patients belong to all ages, genders, and ethnic groups. The condition is most commonly seen in children 10 years old and under, and it usually worsens dramatically during adolescence for both males and females.

Clinical studies suggest that the overall prognosis for individuals with keratosis pilaris is highly positive. The condition tends to improve over time, although it does persist in varying periods of severity and reduction in some patients. Usually, keratosis pilaris does not involve significant complications like scarring, although this and other side effects can result as a consequence of intensive treatments or poor skincare.

Approximately 50% of all people with keratosis pilaris experience a worsening of their symptoms during the winter. Among these patients with worsened symptoms during winter, only 60% notice any substantial improvement during the summer. This is generally attributed to the relative lack of humidity during cold, harsher seasons. Keratosis pilaris will improve dramatically in an estimated 35% of patients, usually by late adolescence. According to research by Dr. Derek Chu and colleagues, the average age of improvement is 16 years. For some patients, however, the symptoms of keratosis pilaris remain unchanged from the time of diagnosis: approximately 43% of patients fall into this category. In a minority of patients (up to 20%), symptoms may worsen over time.

As indicated by these statistics, people with keratosis pilaris can experience varying outcomes regarding the severity and persistence of their symptoms. If you have keratosis pilaris, it is important that you see your doctor or a dermatologist to address any concerns. He or she can suggest the most effective treatments and at-home remedies to control your symptoms as much as possible.


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