Placed as they are within a family group in the periodic table, the four elements, oxygen, sulfur, selenium, and tellurium, are generally known to be related in their chemical properties.1 Additionally, it has been demonstrated within recent years that sulfur and selenium2 possess related therapeutic properties which are of particular value to the dermatologist in his treatment of seborrhea capitis.
In consideration of the long history of sulfur as an effective agent in the treatment of dermatoses and of the proof through investigation of the value of selenium compounds,3 it was deemed wise to assume that compounds of tellurium might have similar therapeutic application.
During the past four years a standard 2.5% suspension of tellurium dioxide in a suitable shampoo vehicle has been used in intensive clinical studies. Safety tests4 were carried out on laboratory animals, and excretion studies5 on human urine were made
GROSS ER, WRIGHT CS. Tellurium Dioxide Suspension in the Treatment of Seborrhea Capitis. AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(1):92–94. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560070096016