Side Effects of Treating Seborrheic Keratosis With Isotretinoin

December 20, 2010

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One of the likely reasons why many people suffering from seborrheic keratosis abstain from Isotretinoin treatments is the fact that it can lead to some serious forms of birth defects. Birth defects such as damage to the central nervous system, cardiac problems, facial deformities, and thymus gland deformities are mostly known with some women who take Isotretinoin especially during pregnancy. Isotretinoin is often prescribed for a woman before treatment {preferably a month gap before pregnancy} and after this period, the woman is free of developing any kind of birth defects.

Aside from birth defects, some other common side effects which might result from the use of accutane  include;  headaches which might be temporary or persistent in nature {a persistent headache caused by accutane has been associated with nausea, blurred vision and vomiting}; Depression is often accompanied by the urge to commit suicide or any other action detriment to the life and health of an individual. Psychosis is also common and the symptoms of depression often disappear especially when the individual has discontinued using the treatment.

One common symptom of Isotretinoin abuse is the reduction of tear formation in the eye. This can lead to itchy and red eyes as well as ulcerations to the cornea of people who use contact lenses. Night blindness can result from the decrease in the ability to distinguish between white and black shades. Liver enzymes in the body can also be elevated with the use of Isotretinoin and that can result in serious abdominal pain, jaundice and even hepatitis.

Some other potentially annoying side effects of Isotretinoin include; Dry skin formations which will require that you continue to moisturize your skin, nose bleeds which may occur frequently, itchy skin, dry and cracking lips,  excessive peeling and scaling of the skin especially on the palms of hands and soles of the feet, thinning hair developments, muscle pains  and aches which often become worse especially when an individual is undergoing physical activities, and elevated triglyceride levels in the body.

One of the advanced side effects of the over dose of isotretinoin is that it can rapidly increase your sensitivity to sunlight rays. This can worsen some of the symptoms of seborrheic keratosis or any other skin infections for that matter, this is why people being treated with isotretinoin are advised to stay away from extreme sunlight exposure especially during and after treatments.

Conclusion: use an alternative treatment method for seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis is not a harmful skin condition and no treatment is worth these side effects. There are many other treatment options available for seborrheic keratosis with little or no side effects.

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