–This is a disease characterised by the appearance of small blisters on an inflamed base along the course of a nerve– sometimes of the face, sometimes of the side–preceded, accompanied, and sometimes followed by severe neuralgic pains. When it appears on the face it is called Herpes Facialis, and when on the side Herpes Zoster, Shingles, or Zona.
General Treatment.–When the eruption is situated so that it comes in contact with the clothes, measures must be taken to prevent friction. A simple ointment (cetacean, or prepared lard), spread on a piece of lint to cover the spots, and over this a pad of cotton-wool, will form the means to this end. When there is much burning in the spots let them be bathed (gently, so as not to break them) with a lotion of Cantharis 3x (half teaspoonful to two tablespoonfuls of water).
Medicines.–(Every four hours.)
–The most useful medicine to begin with.
–In chronic cases and in debilitated persons.