NETTLE-RASH.-An affection of the skin characterised by raised white wheals on a red ground, like those caused by stinging- nettles. It is accompanied by great irritation, stinging, burning, and sometimes with pain. It is often brought on the irregularity in diet. Shell-fish will invariably bring it on in some people, and fish of any kind in others. It may be accompanied by symptoms of acute indigestion. Sometimes the condition is constitutional and chronic.
Diagnosis.-Nettle-rash may be acute or chronic. Its great characteristic is its sudden appearance and equally sudden disappearance. In chronic cases the spots do not remain long, but they are continually reappearing. General Treatment.-Except where there is digestive disturbance, in which case a strict dietary must be observed, and all those articles of food which are known to cause it must be avoided, there is little to be done apart from medical treatment. Medicines.-(Every two or three hours according to urgency.)
-Useful in most acute cases; worse by heat.
-After unwholesome food; bowels loose in the morning; particularly suited to patients of mild temper.
-When the irritation comes on at night when warm in bed; chronic cases.
-Weakly subjects; red tongue thirst much burning.
Nat. mur. 6.
-In obstinate cases; in constipated subjects, with earthy complexion.