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January 1963

Occlusion, Topical Corticosteroids and Heat in Psoriasis

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(1):32-34. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590130038008

Observations on the therapeutic effectiveness of topically applied corticosteroids under occlusive plastic dressings in psoriasis with and without application of heat are reported. A better and more rapid clinical response was observed with the application of heat. Maceration by occlusion alone was not effective.

Total body injunction with corticosteroids did not produce any demonstrable absorption.

Complete histologic clearance does not occur when the lesions are clinically clear.

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