This is characterized by redness and slight tumefaction of skin, covered with mucus, while in neglected cases the parts are found much excoriated. It generally arises from want of cleanliness, or from the acrid character of the vaginal and uterine secretions. It may, however, be produced by excessive marital indulgence or syphilitic taint. The symptoms consist of great pain and tenderness, a mucous discharge, a smarting in passing urine, and a constant pain about the loins and thighs.

TREATMENT. -- This should be treated by hot packs, elm poultices, and a wash of a weak solution of sulphate of zinc, or tincture of myrrh. Quinine, macrotin and leptandrin should be given internally. The parts should be thoroughly cleansed every day.