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Optimizing Atopic Dermatitis Control in a 36-Year-Old Male: Lifestyle, Treatment Options, and Shared Decision Making

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Mona Shahriari, MD, analyzes the case of a 35-year-old male patient presenting with erythematous patches on his trunk and arms, who was diagnosed with moderate atopic dermatitis at age 2 but experienced improvement through adolescence and adulthood.

  1. What is your impression of this case?
  2. Please comment on if this is a common patient presentation or scenario that you see in your practice. 
  3. As the patient attributes sweating to exacerbating his condition, how should this be addressed in his care plan?
  4. Additionally, how might his history of childhood asthma impact the treatment options?
  5. How would you assess the patient's recent lifestyle change (new dusty home) and how this might affect/lead to disease flares?
  6. What is the role of stressors in flares and exacerbations of AD symptoms?
  7. How might smoking cessation impact their condition?
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