August 18, 1923


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Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1923;81(7):598. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650070082028

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To the Editor:  —A perusal of Dr. Tieken's article in Hygeia on poison ivy and its treatment causes me to give my experience with the poisonous sumacs and their treatment. I have found melted wax to afford instant relief from pain, burning and itching in young and old, even with severe involvement of the rectal and vaginal mucosa. The course of the dermatitis is much shortened. A simple and easy method is to use a small swab with cotton and paint the parts with the melted wax. There is no danger, of course, from burning. With closed eyes the whole face may be painted. The least entrance of air beneath the mask or cast of wax necessitates sealing in the weakened part. I know from personal experience the instant relief from pain, burning and itching and the return of sleep which is so grateful to the patient, to say nothing

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