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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2016 June;151(3):266-74

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Textiles in dermatology: our experience and literature review

Lucia BRAMBILLA, Michela BRENA, Athanasia TOURLAKI

Operative Unit of Dermatology, IRCCS Ca’ Granda Foundation, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano, Milan, Italy


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Skin protects its host from its environment and allows their interactions by providing a physical permeability barrier, protection from infectious agents, thermoregulation, and ultraviolet protection. Textiles, in particular clothing, interact with skin functions in a dynamic pattern. For years cotton has been considered as the only comfortable tissue suitable for patients with dermatologic disorders. Nowadays new synthetic fibers with important functions, for example breathability and waterproofing have leaned out and new tissues can be used as a complementary tool in dermatologic treatments. Our purpose is to report the main fibers used for dermatological problems and to review the literature on their use in dermatological field; finally, we also report our personal experience on this topic.

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