Advanced AKN Case 1 Pre Op
Advanced AKN Case 1 Immediately post op
Advanced AKN Case 1 1 Year later
Female with advanced AKN
Diffuse AKN with multiple keloids
AKN due to stiff collar from starched shirt
|The primary goals of treatment should be to stop the infection and any associated bleeding, itching, or pain plus prevent permanent hair loss and scarring Oral antibiotics come in handy for clearing up these infections, as well as localized cortisone injections. Other medications that are sometimes used include topical antibiotics, tretnoin, or corticosteroids. In certain settings, especially when hair gets trapped inside of the keloid tissue, laser hair removal can lead to improvement. If topical treatment does not work, it is important to take antibiotics by mouth to minimize the risk of permanent scarring.
If Acne Keloidalis Nuchae gets diagnosed early, medical treatment can help to clear the hair bumps as well as reduce the size of or prevent keloids, and at times reverse the hair loss. In most cases, the treatment has to be carefully planned and carried out properly, as the healing process might extend over a long period of time. In certain severe cases of acne keloidalis nuchae, the hair which sprouts from within and around the infected area can be lost permanently However, treatment will prove to be futile if Acne Keloidalis Nuchae is well into the advanced stages, at which time surgical removal becomes the best option.
One of the safest and reliable ways to keep your self from developing AKN is to avoid close hair cuts with sharp razors and clippers. However, one of the myths that you might hear is that this condition is due to dirty clippers, but that is not true. There are times that the condition develops in women who have never had a hair cut in the area, but still develop bumps, infection, and keloids. Also, you may find that if you wear a hard hat or helmet, or perspire a lot in hot humid environments, then you can be more susceptible to developing this ailment. There are some cases where a genetic predisposition exists and multiple family members become affected. Still other men develop the condition from localized friction and irritation such as that due to stiff starched shirt collars.
So, if you notice any bumps, itching, or irritation developing at the back of the hair line, see your dermatologist and get treatment today. Early intervention by a trained medical practitioner can save you weeks and months of irritation as well as a lifetime of hair loss and scarring.