In his Children's Ailments, Dr. Harry Clements repeats a story that went the rounds of the English newspapers, telling about a man who was suffering with tuberculosis being cured of the tuberculosis by a case of chicken-pox. He "caught" the chicken-pox and when he had recovered it was discovered that he was also cured of the tuberculosis. English medical men explained that the chicken-pox germs had destroyed the tuberculosis germs, and that by the "ill-wind" of the battle between these warring germs, the patient had been "blown some good."
An understanding of the orthopathic character of disease would have saved them from this absurdity. Chicken-pox is one of nature's most efficient house-cleaning processes. It is a curative process with few superiors.
Chicken-pox (varicella) begins with a chill, vomiting and pain in the back. The rash develops within the fitst twenty-four hours of fever. As a result, the disease is mild. The rash begins as small red papules which develop into vesicles, but without, as in smallpox, the surrounding area of inflamed skin. In two days the fluid in the vesicles develop into pus. In two more days the pustules dry to dark-brown cruts. These fall off without, as a rule, leaving a scar. Successive crops of the eruptions develop at intervals of from one to four days, so that unlike small pox, all stages of the rash ate present at the same time. The eruption seldom begins on the face, but begins, usually on the trunk, back and chest. The pustules never coalesce.
CARE OF THE PATIENT: This condition should be handled the same as measles or small-pox. It is a mild disease, does not last long and is very comfortable under hygienic methods.