Clinica Pediatrica, IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste
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Key words: Keratosis pilaris, Follicular papules, Erythema
Keratosis pilaris is a common cutaneous “abnormality” defined by the presence of rough, follicular papules and erythema. The lesions occur mostly on extensor surfaces of the arms and legs but frequently involve the face. Up to 40% of children presents with mild keratosis pilaris and many times someone in the family shows the same skin appearance. Keratosis pilaris often improves in summer time; facial lesion usually resolves before adulthood while lesions on legs and arms can be more persistent. No treatment is needed because it is not a disease. Mild relief can be achieved using keratolitic agents such as 10% urea.
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