Keratosis pilaris

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What is keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a genetic disorder involving the hair follicles of the skin. It is an extremely common benign condition that is characterized by small, rough papules (skin elevations), often described as chicken bumps, chicken skin, or goose bumps.

Common symptoms reported by people with keratosis pilaris

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with keratosis pilaris

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Keflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
keratosis pilaris (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
keratosis pilaris (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with keratosis pilaris, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with keratosis pilaris

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Stevens Johnson syndrome
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty falling asleep
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
abdominal pain indigestion
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Keflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for keratosis pilaris (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
keratosis pilaris (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for keratosis pilaris (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
keratosis pilaris (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with keratosis pilaris, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has keratosis pilaris on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 11
30s 27
40s 18
50s 8
60s 1
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 22
20-29 years 4
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 3
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 14
Female 52

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 34
Not Diagnosed 10

These charts show data from keratosis pilaris patients who have completed their condition history
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