THIS is from a Greek word which means dirt, from the dirt Colored crusts which are formed after the breaking of the large watery pimples. The vesicles are like those of eczema and herpes, except that they are larger. This is distinguished from all other skin diseases by the formation of unhealthy, foul, and burrowing sores, which pour out a reddish matter in such quantities that it collects and dries upon the sore, and forms a crust of great thickness, sometimes of the size of an oyster shell. Rupia has its origin in a weakly and debilitated constitution, and cannot be cured without renovating the whole system. It is a manifestation either of syphilis or lupus.
Treatment. Warm baths once or twice a week, with generous and nutritious diet. Tonic medicines (63) (51) (67) (61) (65) will be required. For external treatment, dust the surface of the ulcers with cream of tartar, or apply nitrate of silver (214) (219) (220), white vitrol, etc. See syphilis.
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