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What should I know about topical immunomodulator therapy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Topical immunomodulator therapy is a form of treatment that doctors may prescribe to some people who have eczema. This disorder causes the skin to become dry and itchy. Eczema can also produce a red, scaly rash. Topical immunomodulator medications are applied directly to the affected skin. This medicine lowers inflammation, which may improve symptoms of eczema.

Topical immunomodulator therapy involves putting ointments on your skin that contain the drugs tacrolimus or pimecrolimus. This therapy is usually used for people with small patches of depigmented skin, rather than for people with larger, widespread areas. There is a possibility that you may be at increased risk of skin cancer or lymphoma if you get this kind of treatment; more studies need to be done to confirm what exact risks are posed by this kind of therapy.

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