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Article
February 1944

CHLOROPHYLL OINTMENT IN TREATMENT OF DERMATOPHYTOSIS OF FEET AND SIMILAR LESIONS

Author Affiliations

URBANA, ILL.

From the Department of Bacteriology, University of Illinois.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(2):128-131. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510080040010
Abstract

The use of chlorophyll in the treatment of infections by Gruskin1 and his associates has aroused considerable interest and comment. Because of the reported value of chlorophyll in the field of dermatology it was thought desirable to try its effect in cases of lesions of the feet of students attending the University of Illinois. Diagnosis in these cases was made originally on the basis of clinical symptoms. After the clinical diagnosis the students were taken to the laboratory and cultures were made of material from the infected areas. After two cultures had been made chlorophyll was applied and any improvement noted.

The laboratory study was made by culturing on Sabouraud maltose agar (pH 5.5) and beef extract agar (pH 6.8) and in hanging drop preparations in acid maltose broth. The last-mentioned method was proposed by Blumenthal and Snow2 (1936) for the diagnosis of tinea infections. In the first

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