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September 1962

Miliaria Rubra: A Manifestation of Staphylococcal Disease

Author Affiliations

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS; USAF (MC); USAF (MC)

Former Chief of Dermatology, USAF Hospital Lackland, Aerospace Medical Division (AFSC), Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. (Lt. Col. Levine).

Chairman, Department of Pathology, USAF Hospital Lackland, Aerospace Medical Division (AFSC), Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. (Lt. Col. Auld).

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(3):282-286. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590090024008
Abstract

Miliaria rubra affects large numbers of young adult males soon after they arrive in Texas, where the temperature and humidity are high during the summer. During 1959 a study was conducted for the purpose of: (1) measuring the incidence of miliaria in a controlled population, (2) studying the role of the staphylococcus in the production of the disease, and (3) accumulating further information on antibiotic therapy.

Methods and Materials 

Population.—  The clinical material consisted of airmen from various regions of the United States who came to Lackland Air Force Base to obtain their basic training. They lived, worked, and played under standard conditions. Their average age was 18 years. The majority had arrived in Texas recently; they had been at the base no less than 9 nor more than 30 days, the average stay having been 15 days. During the months of June, July, and August, 1959, a flight of

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