Dr. Wang is Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Dermatology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at Basking Ridge, NJ. A member of The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee and the International Affairs Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology, he specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin cancers, especially melanoma. Dr. Wang is actively involved in clinical research, with a focus on photo protection and the development of non- invasive imaging technologies to diagnose skin cancer. He has authored more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and academic textbooks. He is also the author of the book Beating Melanoma—A Five-Step Survival guide, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Occlusive Dressing Technique
Occlusive dressings may be used for the management of psoriasis or other recalcitrant rub a small amount of cream into the lesion until it disappears. Reapply the preparation leaving a thin coating on the lesion, cover with pliable nonporous film, and seal the edges. If needed, additional moisture may be provided by covering the lesion with a dampened clean cotton cloth before the nonporous film is applied or by briefly wetting the affected area with water immediately prior to applying the medication. The frequency of changing dressings is best determined on an individual basis. It may be convenient to apply Triamcinolone acetonide cream under an occlusive dressing in the evening and to remove the dressing in the morning (., 12-hour occlusion). When utilizing the12-hour occlusion regimen, additional cream should be applied, without occlusion, during the day. Reapplication is essential at each dressing change. If an infection develops, the use of occlusive dressings should be discontinued and appropriate antimicrobial therapy instituted.