The body's immune system and organisms that colonize the skin may have an interactive relationship, a study in mice found. The discovery may change the way skin and other diseases are treated, dermatologists say. "[W]e are going to probably learn optimal ways to maintain the microbiome to prevent disease or maintain health," said Dr. Robert Kirsner, vice chairman of the department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "If we can learn what the optimal microbiome is, perhaps by maintaining that we can prevent, or delay, or lessen development of [atopic dermatitis or psoriasis]," he said.

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