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To the Editor:—
In the early months of World War II, common prickly heat (miliaria, miliaria rubra, lichen tropicus, sudamina) caused almost universal distress among our troops on some of the constantly hot, humid South Pacific islands. The intense itching, paresthesias and burning interfered with concentration and with sleep, while secondary infection of excoriated areas at times caused temporary disability. The same skin disorder in milder form occurs widely in this country during hot weather, particularly in infants. In attempting to clear or alleviate this disorder in the Pacific, I tried all the available lotions and medicaments of possible aid, changes of clothes and soaps, with no noticeable effects. Large doses of multiple vitamin capsules and vitamin A and D capsules had no effect, but large doses of crystalline vitamin C in tablet form (300-500 mg. daily) gave dramatic relief to most patients. The itching cleared and the rash subsided,
Stern RL. RELIEF OF PRICKLY HEAT WITH VITAMIN C. JAMA. 1951;145(3):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920210047024