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Acanthosis nigricans has any one heard of this??? i have this! & never heard of this lookin for some opinions on how to treat it!!!

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin disorder that results in velvety, light-brown-to-black markings that occur in areas including the neck, armpits, groin and under the breasts.

What Causes Acanthosis Nigricans?
Acanthosis nigricans can affect otherwise healthy people, or it can be associated with certain medical conditions. Sometimes acanthosis nigricans is congenital (something a person is born with). It also can occur as a result of obesity or an endocrine (glandular) disorder. It is frequently found in people with diabetes and is most common among people of African descent. There are many other possible causes of acanthosis nigricans, including:

Addison disease, a condition caused by a deficiency of hormones from the adrenal gland
Disorders of the pituitary gland within the brain
Growth hormone therapy
Hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone caused by decreased activity of the thyroid gland)
Oral contracept

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Asked by jaidah917 at 8:38 AM on Aug. 5, 2009 in Health

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  • (CONTINUED) How Is Acanthosis Nigricans Treated?
    Eating a special diet can help reduce circulating insulin and can lead to a rapid improvement of the skin problem.

    Other treatments to improve skin appearance include Retin-A, 20% urea, alpha hydroxyacids, and salicylic acid prescriptions. These are only minimally effective.

    Acanthosis nigricans caused by medicine may go away once the medication is stopped.

    Can Acanthosis Nigricans Be Prevented?
    When acanthosis nigricans is related to obesity, weight management is an important part of prevention. A diet that contributes to reduced insulin also can help prevent acanthosis nigricans.

    Other preventive strategies include treating medical problems that are linked to acanthosis nigricans (such as hypothyroidism) and avoiding medications that tend to cause or worsen the condition (like oral contraceptives).

    Reviewed by doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Department of <

    Answer by jaidah917 at 8:40 AM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • oh I'm sorry. Maybe get an opinion of an endocronologist too for hormone and chemical levels. Some huge hospitals will review records sometimes without seeing patient - try Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 AM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • try some creamy deodorant with aluminum sulfate. i'm not sure how or why this works but one of our clinic dr's used to advise this all the time.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:30 AM on Aug. 5, 2009

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