This disease, frequently called "Ringworm of the Scalp" occurring principally among children, is highly contagious and excessively obstinate. It is often communicated, by means of the comb and brush, or the towel. Pustular ringworm is not alone confined to the scalp, but frequently appears on other parts of the body.
There are several varieties, but a general description will only be necessary here. The affected parts become red, hot, painful, and elevated, accompanied with swelling of .the glands of the neck and head. After a few days, small round pustules start up, gradually filling with a yellowish white, thick fluid, smelling badly on being discharged. As the pustules break, the hairs become glued together, and in a short time, scaly, thick and hard crusts are formed. Frequently the roots of the hair are entirely destroyed. Violent external treat-ment may, by driving the disease in, occasion serious disorders, which not unfrequently terminate in death.
Avoid of course, as much as possible the causes which produce the disease.
One drop, or eight globules, in a tumbler of water, a table-spoonful morning and night. At the same time apply the solution externally.
Sulphur may be given, should dry scabs be formed.
A powder, or three globules, morning and night. Should the pus assume a corrosive character, thus causing new ulcers, and therefore an extension of the disorder, Arsenic may be given in the same manner as the Sulphur, again returning to Rhus, after five or six doses have been taken.
Same as Sulphur.
Same as Rhus.
One drop or twelve globules in a glass of water, a table-spoonful morning and night.
Besides the remedies enumerated above, Calc., Graph., Lyc, Acid-mur., or Phos. may be indicated. In connection with these internal remedies, if the eruption prove obstinate, bathe the head with Tar-water, or apply a weak preparation of Citrino-ointment, obtained at the druggists.
Strict attention should be paid to diet and cleanliness. It would be advisable to remove the hair in the commencement of the disease.