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November 10, 1945

HEAT FOR RELIEF OF ITCHING DUE TO SENSITIVITY

JAMA. 1945;129(11):766. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860450052020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I was much interested in the communication of Dr. Francis E. Park in the August 15th issue of The Journal.Some years ago I developed an itching of the dorsum of both feet, which was intense and kept me awake nights. After unsuccessful treatment by two dermatologists, I consulted Dr. Marion Sulzberger, who immediately recognized that I was allergic to the leather in my shoes. He advised my changing to white shoes and this effected a cure. Since then I have found that it was only tan leather or tan leather lining of black shoes which caused itching. Black shoes with black, gray or white lining caused no trouble.Before my cure I tried many antipruritic ointments, powders and liniments with little or no relief. But I learned that immersing my feet for ten to fifteen minutes in very hot water caused at first such an intensification

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