Actinic cheilitis can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. Since the condition is premalignant, treatment options include 5-fluorouracil, imiquimod, scalpel vermillionectomy, chemical peel, electrosurgery, and carbon dioxide laser vaporization.
Please discuss these treatment options with your dermatologist to find out which one is the best for you.
I was prescribed Efudex by my dermatologist for what she thought was actinic cheilitis (turned out to be just chronically dry lips), but the Efudex was able to clear up that, and is supposed to be one of the main treatments for actinic cheilitis. Definitely talk to your doctor about what treatment is best for you, but if you end up with something like Efudex (chemical peel type treatment), check out www.redleprosy.wordpress.com. I decided to chronicle my experience when I didn't find anything comprehensive online about what one goes through while using Efudex. Hope it helps!
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