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August 1987

Management of Psoriasis Vulgaris With a Hydrocolloid Occlusive Dressing

Author Affiliations

From the Dermatology Service, Department of Internal Medicine, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Tex.

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(8):1046-1052. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660320088018

• Because clinical improvement of psoriasis vulgaris was recently observed after the prolonged application of tape, 26 patients with symmetric plaque-type psoriasis were enrolled in a prospective bilateral comparison study evaluating the clinical efficacy of the adhesive hydrocolloid occlusive dressing (HCD). The majority of localized plaques of psoriasis achieved improvement (41%, 14/34) or resolution (47%, 16/34) with the prolonged application of HCD; also, HCD was therapeutically superior to twice-daily applications of fluocinolone acetonide cream, and was comparably effective as erythemogenic ultraviolet B treatment. Although the therapeutic mechanism is not completely understood, occlusive dressings have great potential in the management of limited psoriasis vulgaris.

(Arch Dermatol 1987;123:1046-1052)

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