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Bumps on Arms? Perhaps you have Keratosis Pilaris

Aug 13, 2008
Keratosis Pilaris is relatively unknown amongst the public however it effects around 50% of the population. Amongst the young this can be as high as 80%. It is also found in more women more than men. Generally this is found after going to the doctors complaining about bumps on your arms or other areas of your body. Keratosis Pilaris is often mistaken for acne which can be why it often goes unnoticed in most people.

Keratosis Pilaris may sound a fancy name for this illness however if you have it then you will be aware of how much of a nightmare it can be. There is no known cure for this leaving sufferers with little restbite. It can cause insecurity, depression and can ruin an otherwise normal day.

Keratosis Pilaris is caused by a build up of keratin, which is a natural protein in the skin. If your body produces too much of this cream coloured protein then you are a sufferer. Many of these bumps can also have a ingrown hair that has become trapped and coiled around the bump. As the hair cannot escape it continues to grow under your skin. Although these can be removed it may again lead to scarring.

Keratosis Pilaris cause bumps on your skin, similar to goose bumps, these can look like acne. This is often found on your upper arms but it is known to also be found on your back, chest, face, bottom and thighs. Luckily for others this is not contagious, however for those suffering there are a few treatments available.

As said earlier there is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris but a number of treatments are available to ease the suffering. These are in the form of lotions and creams that can help to limit the flare ups. Although hard to do so, some of the best treatments can be simple. Keep the area moisturized to stop the skin from drying out. Avoid scratching and picking at the bumps as this could make things worse or lead to scarring. Wear loose clothing as this will help to reduce chafing which can be the equivalent of repeatedly scratching. Avoid skin tight jeans and shirts and go for baggy, loose fitting items.

Being aware of your condition will help most. Look for suitable treatment that will help to limit exposure, take into account the tips provided and live your life to without worrying.
About the Author
As a sufferer, Matthew Smith has been a keen interest in Keratosis Pilaris and what treatments are available. More information is available regarding Bumps on arms
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