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January 1957

Selenium Sulfide Suspension in the Treatment of Tinea Versicolor

Author Affiliations

Bakersfield, Calif.

From Department of Dermatology, University of Southern California School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(1):128-129. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550130130017

Since 1952 I have treated 23 patients for tinea versicolor with selenium sulfide suspension 2.5%* the diagnosis in each case confirmed by demonstration of the pathognomonic spores.

Instructions for the application of the selenium sulfide suspension were as follows: After a shower, the entire body except for the face was to be lathered with the suspension, the lather left on for five minutes and then the face lathered again for an additional 10 minutes. This was to be repeated on each of three successive nights.

All patients were reexamined one to two weeks after completion of treatment, and 14 of the patients were followed for a period of six months to two years. Examinations were under both natural and Wood light.


On initial reexamination one patient showed persistence of the infection. Three showed pinpoint follicular yellow lesions under Wood light, and, while no spores

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