Arsenical Keratosis - Treatment


  • A chelating agent (e.g., dimercaprol) may be helpful to correct acute arsenic exposure, but it has minimal or no effect for patients who had arsenic exposure a long time ago.
  • Oral retinoids (e.g., acitretin, etretinate) may be helpful in treating arsenic-induced cutaneous lesions and in reducing the risk of cutaneous and internal malignancy formation, especially in Bowman's disease.
  • Topical 5-fluorouracil cream or 5% imiquimod cream may be useful in treating arsenical keratoses and Bowen's disease.

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