Our interest in the treatment of trichophytosis of the feet, hands and groins with ethyl chloride was revived by a recent article in the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilogy.1 Ethyl chloride was extolled as a simple, effective and safe remedy for all varieties of dermatomycosis without the necessity of considering severity, degree of inflammation or complication by secondary bacterial infection. One of us had occasionally used ethyl chloride, with indifferent results. It was found to be useful as an adjunct to apparently more reliable methods of treatment, particularly as a modality for promoting dryness of the skin, but in no instance by itself did it produce clinical eradication. Perhaps it had not been given a sufficient clinical trial. It occurred to us that we might be, therefore, disregarding a valuable therapeutic procedure.
As there were at Bushnell General Hospital numerous patients with dermatomycosis suitable for
LEWIS JH, MORGINSON WJ. TREATMENT OF TRICHOPHYTOSIS WITH ETHYL CHLORIDE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(4):243–244. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510160015006
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