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.

Causes

Want of cleanliness, keeping the head too warm, scrofulous disposition, coarse and indigestible food, close and filthy dwellings, and contagion, are among the numerous causes.

Treatment

Avoid of course, as much as possible the causes which produce the disease.

Rhus is the prominent remedy during the inflammatory stage, especially where there is secretion of greenish pus and nightly itching.

Dose

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.

Dose

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.

The lighter form of the eruption may be controlled by Hepar-s. especially when it is not confined to the head, but is found on the neck and face, also when it is accompanied by affection of the eyes.

Dose

Same as Sulphur.

Staphysagria, will be very beneficial, where the disease is of a humid, fetid character, with itching, and swelling of the glands of the neck.

Dose

Same as Rhus.

Dulcamara, will prove of benefit where the glands of the neck as well as other parts of the body are swollen, or Bryonia, if they are highly sensitive.

Dose

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.

Diet And Regimen

Strict attention should be paid to diet and cleanliness. It would be advisable to remove the hair in the commencement of the disease.