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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 62, n° 6
pages 909-927 (juin 2010)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.09.055
Continuing Medical Education

Thermotherapy in dermatologic infections
 

Christy Badgwell Doherty, MD, Sean D. Doherty, MD, Theodore Rosen, MD
Department of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 

Correspondence to: Theodore Rosen, MD, Department of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine, 2815 Plumb, Houston, TX 77005.
Abstract

The use of local induced hyperthermia or thermotherapy for dermatologic infections has not been fully explored in the more recent medical literature. Herein, we discuss the rationale behind the use of thermotherapy and review reported clinical experience with its use in the management of cutaneous infections.

Learning objectives

After completing this learning activity, participants should be able to describe the possible rationale for the use of heat in dermatologic infections, identify infections that might be appropriately managed with thermotherapy, distinguish between the various forms of thermotherapy and determine which form is most advantageous in different clinical settings, and recognize those infectious processes where both thermotherapy and application of cold (cryotherapy) may be clinically beneficial.

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Key words : cryosurgery, cryotherapy, cutaneous infections, dermatologic infections, infections, thermotherapy

Abbreviations used : FDA, HAART, HHV-8, HPV, HSV, KS, LCF-RF, MAC, PMN, SSG, SSKI



 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: The authors, editors, and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships.
 Reprints not available from the authors.



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