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September 1970

Photosensitivity Following Treatment with Occlusive Dressings

Author Affiliations

USN, Long Beach, Calif

From the Department of Dermatology, US Naval Hospital, Long Beach, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(3):276-279. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000090038006

Seven patients who applied corticosteroids topically under occlusive dressings acquired severe first-degree burns after exposure to sunlight. The response was unusual because normal skin, occluded but not treated with steroid creams, was more severely burned than the diseased areas. Skin-testing with artificial light showed the causative factor to be the modality (occlusion) rather than the medicine (steroids).

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