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November 1928

TINEA OF THE NAILS AS A SOURCE OF REINFECTION IN TINEA OF THE FEET: PRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

Attending Physician, New York Skin and Cancer Hospital; Professor of Dermatology, University of Vermont NEW YORK

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;18(5):730-731. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380170086007
Abstract

Every one who has had much experience in the treatment of patients with tinea of the feet has been impressed with the irregularities observed during the course of the disease. Some patients are cured quickly and apparently stay cured; others are easily relieved, but the condition recurs year after year. In the attempt to explain these recurrences, emphasis is usually placed on imperfect sterilization of clothing and towels, and on reinfection from the floor of public bathing places. It is my belief that in many cases the explanation is much simpler. Within a month I have seen three cases of recurrent tinea of the feet, the diagnosis being confirmed by the microscope, in which organisms of the ringworm group were found in the toenails, after maceration, in from 20 to 30 per cent potash solution. The discovery was accidental and was made during the course of a series of examinations

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