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August 1929

THE USE OF GENTIAN VIOLET IN EROSIO INTERDIGITALIS SACCHAROMYCETICA

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CHICAGO

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois, service of Dr. F. E. Senear.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(2):184-185. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440020036006
Abstract

Erosio interdigitalis saccharomycetica, which is being seen and recognized with increasing frequency, is a disorder peculiarly resistant to the methods of treatment usually employed. As a result of clinical experiments in treating the condition with a solution of gentian violet, I feel an effective method has been made available.

Yeasts fall into that group of micro-organisms which are grampositive and have a peculiarly tenacious affinity for gentian violet. Ever since the important work of Churchman1 with dyes and microorganisms, it could be surmised that the various yeasts and Monilia would be vulnerable to gentian violet; but it has remained for clinicians in only recent days to use this dye in a rather empiric way. Faber and Clark2 have reported on the successful use of gentian violet in the treatment of thrush and at the same time have presented convincing data against the use of such conventional agents as

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