This disease is often very obstinate. It may only be cured by entire discontinuance of all the causes. The person subject to it must live upon the most simple and unstimulating diet. Articles of food mentioned as causes must be scrupulously avoided. The diet of the patient should consist of cooked grains and fruits. Fat meats, and fat in all forms, used as seasoning in food, must be strictly excluded from the dietary. The less sugar taken the better. Hot coffee must also be avoided, together with alcoholic liquors and tobacco. Daily baths, the wet-sheet pack two or three times a week, fomentations over the region of the liver, and the abdominal bandage worn nights, are the principal measures of treatment to be recommended. Disorders of digestion, of the liver, of the menstrual function, and other internal maladies should receive such attention as the particular case may demand. It is especially important that constipation of the bowels should be relieved by proper diet, and, if necessary, by the enema or other measures recommended for this condition.

When there is much irritation of the face, warm poultices, hot vapor douches, and sponging with water as hot as can be borne, are the proper remedies. A soft sponge should be used.

The face should be kept covered with vaseline so as to protect it from the air. Cocoa butter will answer the same purpose. In the variety of the disease chiefly characterized by grubs in the skin, the internal use of glycerine in doses of two or three teaspoonfuls, taken half an hour after each meal, has been highly recommended. It is probably beneficial by preventing fermentation of the food. The face should be washed two or three times a day with a solution of soda, saleratus, or borax, a drachm to a pint of water. These lotions are improved by adding an ounce of glycerine to each pint of water. An ointment composed of thirty drops of carbolic acid, two drachms of glycerine, half an ounce of vaseline, thoroughly mixed, is very useful in chronic cases in which there is considerable induration. If irritation of the skin is produced, a little more vaseline may be added. The ointment should be applied at least twice a day, after the face has been washed with soda or saleratus solution. The following preparation is also useful as an ointment to be applied at night, being thoroughly rubbed in: Sulphur and glycerine, a teaspoonful each; vaseline, one ounce. The ointment may be scented with rosemary, or any other agreeable oil. The last-named remedy is also excellent for use in acne rosacea.