Tetter Shingles. Herpes.
AFTER a slight feverish attack, lasting two or three days, clusters of small, transparent pimples, filled sometimes with a colorless,sometimes with a brownish lymph, appear on the cheeks or forehead, or on the extremities, and at times on the body. The pimples are a little larger than in eczema, about the size of a pea. After a few days the vesicles break, pour out their fluid, and form brown or yellow crust, which fall off about the tenth day, leaving the surface red and irritable. The eruption is attended with heat, itching, tingling, fever and restlessness, especially at night. Ringworm is a curious form of herpes, in which the inflamed patches assume the form of a ring. Shingles usually attack the aged about the ribs of one side, and are evidences of impaired health and nutrition. They are very prostrating and require tonics from the start.
Treatment. Light diet, gentle laxatives. If the patient be advanced in life, and feeble, a tonic (75) will be desirable. For external application, belladonna (173), or an ointment of sulphuret of lime, (174), or elder flower ointment, etc. (175). Equal parts of chloral and camphor applied several times a day, especially later in the disease (361), give most relief.
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