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July 1945

IMPETIGO BULLOSA IN THE TROPICS

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(1):28-29. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510250033010

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Abstract

Impetigo bullosa is one of the dermatologic entities frequently encountered in the tropics. Standard textbooks on dermatology do not convey an adequate description of this disease. Furthermore, previously suggested treatment is not satisfactory management of this disease as manifested in the armed forces in the tropics. The purpose of this paper is to present a practical morphologic description of the disease and an adequate method for its treatment.

INCIDENCE

Of 3,061 men that I examined recently in a survey of the division, impetigo bullosa was present in 32, or 0.7 per cent. The infantry had five times as many cases as the artillery and fifteen times as many as the special troops. It is important to note that the incidence of impetigo bullosa paralleled that of miliaria. Furthermore, the incidence rate of impetigo bullosa had no relationship to that of impetigo contagiosa. The rates are compared in the table.

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