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Herpes zoster is a self-limited disease whose course, it is generally conceded, cannot be modified by treatment. Medical assistance is, however, of value in protecting the eruption from traumatism and subsequent infection and in relieving pain. For the average case of zoster in which the pain is not intense, the local application of a dusting powder is all that is required. In some cases, however, the pain may be intense enough to warrant the use of an opiate.
The numerous remedies suggested for the relief of pain in this disease would seem to indicate that no one is entirely satisfactory. Galvanism, so highly praised by Duclos, is undoubtedly of considerable value. Other methods of treatment include faradism, high frequency currents, roentgen rays, wet and dry cupping over the affected ganglions, cocain salves and injections and freezing with ethyl chlorid spray, as suggested by Howard Morrow. The statement of Darier that
HOWARD FOX. THE RELIEF OF PAIN IN HERPES ZOSTER BY PARAFFIN. JAMA. 1922;79(24):1979–1980. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640240013005