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May 1924

TWO METHODS OF WASHING ECZEMATOUS HANDS

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BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;9(5):621. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360230081012

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Abstract

For cleansing acute eczematous surfaces, soap and water have long been anathema. Texts uniformly recommend, and the physician in turn dubiously advises: Cleanse the affected areas with oil of sweet almond, olive oil, cold cream, petrolatum, or boric acid lotion.

As a matter of fact, it must be admitted that with the most careful technic, these agents prove unsatisfactory, and it is with reason that their use is undertaken half-heartedly by most patients, to be abandoned at the earliest possible moment.

The simple method outlined here is genuinely detergent and actually soothing on its own account. Its novelty appeals to most patients, who are intrigued with the idea of "making mayonnaise dressing," and the fidelity with which it is carried out testifies much for its ease of performance and effectiveness.

When advising a person with irritable eczema of the hands as to cleansing, he is told to avoid soap altogether,

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