How do dermatologists treat atopic dermatitis?
Treatment cannot cure AD, but it can control AD. Treatment is important because it can:
• Prevent the AD from getting worse
• Calm the skin, relieving pain and itch
• Reduce emotional stress
• Prevent infections
• Stop the skin from thickening. Thickened skin often itches all the time — even when the AD is not flaring.
A treatment plan often includes medicine, skin care, and lifestyle changes.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that Mohs surgery provides five-year cure rates approaching 99% for new cancers and 95% for recurrent cancers. Important advantages of the Mohs procedure are that it allows the greatest amount of surrounding healthy tissue to remain intact, potentially reducing the size of the final surgical defect and resulting scar; and that the methodical manner in which all lateral and deep tissue margins are examined enables the surgeon to detect and remove any “roots” of the skin cancer that may be present, which greatly reduces the likelihood of recurrence.
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