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Addressing the average lifespan of skin diseases is critical to good patient care


Dermatology patients routinely ask how long their skin condition may last, yet this critical aspect of their care has not been emphasized in the literature. When a given diagnosis may be self-limited, it is essential that clinicians meet patient expectations by properly discussing the possible time course for resolution. Furthermore, being aware of, and prioritizing the knowledge of the duration of a skin disease can help limit continued exposure to side effects of prescribed treatments once the condition may have self-resolved or remitted.

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