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J Invest Dermatol. 1975 May;64(5):313-5.

The relationship of transepidermal water loss to skin temperature in psoriasis and eczema.


Transepidermal water losses (TEWL) from psoriatic and eczematous skin were measured while skin temperature was varied between 29 degrees C and 37 degrees C. The relationship of TEWL to skin temperature in these diseases is different from that obtaining in normal skin. These differences are thought to be due to the altered filtration properties of diseased stratum corneum. Formulae were devised to allow TEWL rates in psoriasis and eczema to be expressed at a standard temperature for comparative purposes.

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