The Symptoms of Erysipelatous Fever or Black Tongue

Fever, erysipelatous swelling of various parts of the body, most often the head; in severe cases, delirium; neuralgic and rheumatic pains.

Erysipelatous fever is distinguished from the local disease known as erysipelas, which is generally accompanied by fever, by the fact that in this disease the fever makes its appearance first, and the local disease afterward, while with the local affection the opposite is the case. The disease sometimes occurs in epidemics, some of which are very fatal. This was especially true of an epidemic which occurred thirty or forty years ago in different parts of the United States, which was characterized by peculiar blackness of the tongue, from which it obtained the name black tongue.

This disease, like others of this class, is in all probability produced by the reception into the system of certain germs. Different observers have traced a similar connection between this and other infectious diseases, but nothing very positive has been established.

The Treatment of Erysipelatous Fever or Black Tongue

The general fever should be treated by the same measures which have before been recommended for the treatment of fever.

The local manifestations of the disease should be treated by means of cold applications at first, followed by warm applications or poultices; when the heat and redness gives place to a blue, purple, or scarlet hue, with cold ones.