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Acanthosis Nigricans Treatments


In and of itself, acanthosis nigricans is not a life-threatening condition. However, high levels of insulin can lead to a condition known as hyperinsulinemia, which in extreme cases can cause hypoglycemia . This, in turn, can lead to insulin shock, coma, and death. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you.

The following topical treatments are used to reduce the appearance of markings:

  • Alpha Hydroxyacids
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Retin-A
  • 20% Urea

Changes in diet also help to reduce the amount of insulin in the body.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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