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April 1969

Prevention of Superficial Pyogenic Skin Infections

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Baylor University College of Medicine, Houston. Dr. Dodge is currently with the Medical Corps, United States Air Force Hospital, APO, New York 09220.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(4):465-468. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610220093016

Four populations comprising 2,550 men were studied over nine months to determine the efficacy of an antibacterial bar soap in preventing superficial pyogenic skin infections. A double-blind study with crossover was utilized. Statistically significant differences between the rates of infection while using the active and the placebo soaps were found. In the two largest populations, regression analysis indicates there is a significant trend for the rate of infection to decline during the period of antibacterial soap usage. No instance of allergic photocontact dermatitis was observed.

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