The search for an ideal cutaneous fungicide is not yet ended. Such a preparation should possess the following qualities: It should be effective in all varieties of fungus infections, including onychomycosis and tinea capitis; it should be colorless and odorless, and be equally as effective in the acute inflammatory stage as in the hypertrophic chronic dry stage. The preparation reported on for the first time here, Finaf, while not possessing all of these qualities, nevertheless represents an advance in this direction.
This solution was originally compounded 20 years ago with use of various percentages of isopropanol. The present formula is a solution of 5.5% salicylic acid and 0.3% crystallized cupric sulfate in a base containing equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and water. Since April, 1955, the addition of a trivalent iron salt in trace quantities has enhanced its effectiveness, part of which is due to