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February 1979

The Treatment of Hallopeau's Acrodermatitis

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Aberdeen, Scotland

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(2):235-236. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010020069030

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To the Editor.—  The letters from Notowicz and colleagues in the January Archives (114:129, 1978) and from Arnold in the June Archives (114:963, 1978) were of great interest to us since we have been treating a patient with acrodermatitis continua (Hallopeau's acrodermatitis) for several months.

Report of a Case.—  A 63-year-old man injured the forefinger of his left hand by a hammer in January 1977. He had no personal or family history of psoriasis. An infected subungual hematoma was incised and various topical antibiotics applied to the pustulation that developed.He was first seen by us in June 1977, when the classical skin lesions were confined to the distal portion of the forefinger of his left hand and to the pad of his left thumb. Several topical treatments, such as aqueous silver nitrate soaks and a mixture of 0.1% betamethasone valerate and 3% iodochlorhydroxyquin (Betnovate C cream) were applied. In

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