Encouraged by the report of Sullivan and Bereston1 concerning the efficacy of 5-chlorosalicylanilide in the treatment of tinea capitis, I placed three patients currently under therapy with zincundesal (Salundek*) ointment for tinea capitis under treatment with zinchlorundesal ointment (Ointment New Salundek †), which contains 5-chlorosalicylanilide. In each case, the adult in charge of rubbing the ointment into the scalp of the affected child developed a pruritic maculopapular erythematous contact dermatitis of the hands and forearms; therefore therapy with this ointment had to be discontinued. Since the children (in two out of three cases) were cleared shortly after the use of this ointment and since in all cases there was no irritation of any of the scalps, it was thought interesting to report the occurrence of the adult reactions in the hope that some sort of protective precautions might forestall other similar incidents.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—M. McK.,