Boric acid has a very extensive use in diseases of the skin, but it is almost always employed as an adjuvant. This subsidiary position, however, does not detract from its importance, but rather adds to it, as by its correct application in a multiplicity of ways the efficacy of the main therapeutic agent is often heightened. As, however, it is a subsidiary remedial agent, treatises on therapeutics and on skin diseases give it far less notice than its real usefulness demands.
Boric acid is a mild, non-irritating antiseptic. In fact, it is not only non-irritating; it is soothing and is used as a soothing lotion in the eye. In conformity with its real nature the powder feels smooth and unctuous. As in many instances an afflicted skin is irritated not only from an infection but also from the state of the system, the advantage of employing an antiseptic that is
MONTGOMERY DW. THE EMPLOYMENT OF BORIC ACID IN DISEASES OF THE SKIN. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(11):883–886. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570370015004
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