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April 1966

Occlusive Dressing For the Nose and Ears

Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(4):465. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600220077025

OCCLUSIVE dressings significantly increase the efficacy of topical corticoids. For the nose and ears, production of such occlusion proves troublesome.

Recently a patient with discoid lupus erythematosis involving these areas found a solution to this problem. Her husband, a dentist, designed and built the device illustrated (Figure).

He made an impression of the nose and ears with an alginate material (Geltrate) from which a plaster positive was made. The final acrylic devices were molded on the plaster positive.

With this occlusion added at night to the nose and ears, a topical corticoid provided clearing which it had not done previously.

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