In most diseases involving the skin both constitutional and local treatment is needed in order to effect a cure or improvement. Topical remedies may be applied in different forms and it is often a question whether a powder, a solution, an ointment, paste or plaster is calculated to afford most speedy relief. Plasters possess certain advantages which render them appropriate means of dealing with some varieties of skin diseases. They are especially adapted to the treatment of chronic and localized conditions. In the subacute and formative stages of some maladies they are also of value.
Plasters are composed of mixtures which are solid at ordinary temperatures but which soften somewhat when kept in contact with the skin, to which they closely adhere. The medicated material is spread evenly upon some fine texture, very fine muslin being usually employed.
Plasters constitute an efficient protection of the diseased area against the atmosphere.
SHOEMAKER JV. MEDICINAL PLASTERS. JAMA. 1893;XX(18):499–502. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420450007001b
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