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Acanthosis Nigricans

What is Acanthosis Nigricans?

Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) is a skin disease that causes the skin to darken and thicken. The skin may take on a velvet-like like feel to it. Many patients mistakenly believe that they’ve allowed some type of dye to touch their skin and will try to scrub it off. AN cannot be scrubbed off.

What are the symptoms of Acanthosis Nigricans?

The affected areas of skin may also itch or have an odor. Common symptoms of Acanthosis Nigricans include the following:. These dark velvet-like patches may appear on skin folds and other areas, such as the:
  • armpits
  • groin
  • neck
  • elbows
  • knees
  • knuckles
  • lips
  • palms
  • soles of the feet

What causes Acanthosis Nigricans?

AN can be caused by certain medications. It is also a sign of a metabolic syndrome such as pre-diabetes. Making lifestyle changes before diabetes develops can prevent diabetes. Certain hormonal disorders and cancers may also be responsible for AN.

How is Acanthosis Nigricans diagnosed?

AN is diagnosed by visual examination by a dermatologist.

What are the treatments for Acanthosis Nigricans?

AN is not a disease itself. It is the results of another underlying disease state that needs to be addressed. Generally, if that underlying disease state is treated and improved the skin patches will fade.

Where can I find out more about Acanthosis Nigricans?

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