(Neuralgia of the skin; Rhuematism of the skin)
In this condition sensations of pain in the skin are symptomatic of sensory irritation not depending on contact and with no accompanying cutaneous lesion. While the pain varies in character as burning, stinging or darting, its variance in degree is the essential point, being often intensified by the slightest touch of clothing, from the existence of hyperaesthesia. It is usually found in the female sex limited to small areas of surface especially the hairy parts, scalp and legs. It may be symptomatic of locomotor ataxia, rheumatism, syphilis, diabetes, malaria, hysteria, anemia, or undue exposure to cold.
Prognosis and Treatment. This condition usually lasts several days or even weeks, and its one main diagnostic point is that the painful sensations are very superficial in well-defined areas of the skin. Beyond the care of the underlying causal condition, the high-frequency currents applied locally or to the spine and the alternate application of hot and cold water, plus an indicated remedy, may be needed. See Aconite, Arnica, Belladonna, Kalmia, Secale and Sulphur.