These forms of disease combined, have prevailed to an alarming extent in different sections of New England, consigning to the tomb the fond hopes of many a devoted parent. Notwithstanding their alarming fatality when treated by the old school practice of physicing, bleeding and blistering, they have been almost invariably cured by the simple remedies of Thomson. The Thomsonian treatment, as can be proved by statistical accounts, will cure ninety-nine cases out of a hundred of scarlet fever and canker rash.
"The scarlet fever," says Beach, "is so denominated from the scarlet color and eruptions which appear on the body. It occurs at all seasons of the year, but generally in the fall or beginning of winter."
The scarlet fever commences with a chill and shivering, like other kinds of fever, with nausea and vomiting, great sickness succeeded by heat, thirst, and head-ache; sometimes in a very mild degree, at others more violent. The pulse is accelerated, the breathing is frequent or interrupted, the eyes red, and the eye-lids swollen. In two or three days the flesh begins to swell, a pricking sensation is experienced, and an eruption appears on the body in the form of a red stain or blotch, or rather of a fiery redness. It usually appears first upon the face, breast and arms, then over the whole body, of a uniform red color.
In the progress of the disease, one uniform redness, unattended, however, by any pustular eruption, pervades the face, body, and limbs, which parts appear somewhat swollen. The eyes and nostrils partake likewise more or less of the redness, and, in proportion as the former have an inflamed appearance, so does the tendency to delirium prevail.
Thorough Thomsonian treatment, judiciously and perseveringly applied, has proved a certain cure in this form of disease. An emetic course should be given once or twice a day, with frequent injections. The surface should be bathed a number of times in a day with weak lye. Great care should be taken to prevent taking cold after the patient begins to recover.
Injections should be administered once in four hours, and the skin kept moist with a free use of cayenne and bayberry.
The throat should be frequently gargled with bayberry tea, or cayenne and vinegar. Mullen leaves, wet in vinegar, should be applied to the throat externally, and the entire surface frequently bathed with meadow-fern tea.