Topical Tacrolimus and 50% Zinc Oxide Paste for Hailey-Hailey Disease: Less is More

Health Service Research Unit, IDI-IRCCS Via dei Monti di Creta 104, IT-00167 Rome, Italy.
Acta Dermato-Venereologica (Impact Factor: 3.03). 02/2012; 92(4):437-8. DOI: 10.2340/00015555-1297
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