Double-blind, within-patient, randomized, clinical trial comparing fluorine-synthetic fiber socks with standard cotton socks in improving plantar psoriasis.
ABSTRACT Background: Rubbing the skin and trauma may influence the persistence of psoriasis over time. Objectives: To assess the impact of a new fabric made with a special fluorine-synthetic fiber in improving plantar psoriasis. Methods: A total of 20 patients with symmetrical lesions were randomized to receive on one side a sock made of fluorine-synthetic fiber and on the other side a sock made of cotton fabric for 4 weeks. The main outcome was the percentage reduction of lesional area. Results: In an intention-to-treat analysis, the median lesion reduction was 11.95% in fluorine-synthetic fiber arm and 11.89% in cotton arm (p = 0.776). Among secondary outcomes, patient global satisfaction showed a statistically significant median score of 32 toward fluorine-synthetic fiber arm (p = 0.011). Conclusion: In spite of our main negative results, it is important to continue investigating on the relation between textiles and skin disorders to improve patient well-being.
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ABSTRACT: The skin exerts a number of essential protective functions ensuring homeostasis of the whole body. In the present review barrier function of the skin, thermoregulation, antimicrobial defence and the skin-associated immune system are discussed. Barrier function is provided by the dynamic stratum corneum structure composed of lipids and corneocytes. The stratum corneum is a conditio sine qua non for terrestrial life. Impairment of barrier function can be due to injury and inflammatory skin diseases. Textiles, in particular clothing, interact with skin functions in a dynamic pattern. Mechanical properties like roughness of fabric surface are responsible for non-specific skin reactions like wool intolerance or keratosis follicularis. Thermoregulation, which is mediated by local blood flow and evaporation of sweat, is an important subject for textile-skin interactions. There are age-, gender- and activity-related differences in thermoregulation of skin that should be considered for the development of specifically designed fabrics. The skin is an important immune organ with non-specific and specific activities. Antimicrobial textiles may interfere with non-specific defence mechanisms like antimicrobial peptides of skin or the resident microflora. The use of antibacterial compounds like silver, copper or triclosan is a matter of debate despite their use for a very long period. Macromolecules with antimicrobial activity like chitosan that can be incorporated into textiles or inert material like carbon fibres or activated charcoal seem to be promising agents. Interaction of textiles with the specific immune system of skin is a rare event but may lead to allergic contact dermatitis. Electronic textiles and other smart textiles offer new areas of usage in health care and risk management but bear their own risks for allergies.Current problems in dermatology 02/2006; 33:1-16.
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ABSTRACT: This article overviews research in the interdisciplinary area of textile/skin interaction and related cutaneous intolerance. Microclimate in the skin/clothing system and especially the skin responses relates to the moisture and heat transfer within this system and plays a critical role in skin irritation from textiles. A discussion is then given on skin irritation reactions to textiles, including intolerance caused by chemicals (dyes and finishes) and physical contact/friction. Finally, two skin injuries, blisters and pressure ulcers, which are caused by physical contact, pressure, and friction, are documented. Despite the prevalent problems caused by ill textile/skin interactions, minimal efforts have been devoted to this field. In addition, the in vivo experimental studies infrequently lead to a solid conclusion. The cause may lie in the dramatic variation of skin conditions among individuals as well as among different anatomic sites of the same person. Another reason might be the lack of communications between researchers in the areas of textiles and dermatology.Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology 02/2006; 25(1):23-39. · 1.04 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Management of psoriasis begins with identification of the extent of cutaneous disease. However, a holistic, contractual approach to treatment is encouraged, with particular reference to psychosocial disability and quality-of-life issues. The presence of psoriasis on palms, soles, body folds, genitals, face, or nails, and concomitant joint disease, are also important when considering treatment options. An evidence-based approach is essential in delineating differences between the many available treatments. However, archaic approaches, especially combinational ones, are routinely used by some clinicians, with inadequate prospective or comparative evidence. Treatments currently available are: topical agents used predominantly for mild disease and for recalcitrant lesions in more severe disease; phototherapy for moderate disease; and systemic agents including photochemotherapy, oral agents, and newer injectable biological agents, which have revolutionised the management of severe psoriasis. Other innovative treatments are undergoing clinical studies, with the aim of maintaining safe, long-term control of the condition.The Lancet 08/2007; 370(9583):272-84. · 39.06 Impact Factor