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October 1920

THE ACTION OF RADIUM ON A VARIETY OF CUTANEOUS CONDITIONS

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SAN FRANCISCO

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;2(4):500-503. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350100088012

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Abstract

The use of radium in cancer, whether for amelioration of the symptoms or cure of the disease, is so beneficent that it has overshadowed its use in a great number of other affections. In the conditions discussed it has afforded us valuable service.

PERSISTENT FISSURES OF THE NARES AND LIPS  As the result of catarrh, cracks may form in the nares, especially frequently in the anterior angle. These are often associated with folliculitis of the vibrissae. The usual infective agent is a streptococcus, and it often gives rise to localized attacks of erysipelas, and after a time, to permanent redness of the nose. In fact, it is one of the principal causes of red nose. The best routine treatment is the use of boric acid fomentations, and the employment of a 12 per cent. calomel ointment, under which almost all cases will clear up. Some cases, however, are refractory.A

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