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May 1954

SELENIUM SULFIDE OINTMENT IN THE TREATMENT OF SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS OF THE GLABROUS SKIN: Preliminary Report

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LOS ANGELES

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(5):615-616. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540170085013
Abstract

Selenium sulfide in the form of a suspension has been previously reported effective in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the use of 1% selenium sulfide incorporated in a water-miscible ointment base in seborrheic dermatitis of the skin other than the scalp and also in certain other dermatoses. Involvement of the scalp with seborrheic dermatitis was usually treated concomitantly with 2.5% selenium sulfide (Selsun) suspension.

METHOD OF STUDY

The 1% selenium sulfide ointment was dispensed for application to the areas other than the scalp usually involved with seborrheic dermatitis, usually twice daily, sometimes less frequently. RESULTS OF TREATMENT

A total of 37 cases of seborrheic dermatitis were included in the study, of which 27, or 73%, had a generally satisfactory response. The response was considered to have been highly satisfactory in 17 of these 27 favorable responses, or in

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