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December 10, 1887

THE CAUSE AND TREATMENT OF INFANTILE ECZEMA.Read in the Section on Diseases of Women and Children, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(24):739-741. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400230003002

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Abstract

Infantile eczema is one of the most common diseases of early life. It is always a distressing and frequently an obstinate affection, remaining for weeks or months; but as a rule, it is much more amenable to treatment than the eczema of adults. It may occur at a period during infancy, but it is most frequently observed during the first six months of infantile life, at the time of weaning, and during the process of dentition.

It may appear in a variety of forms. In some cases it is characterized by the development of a variable number of erythematous spots, or blotches upon the face, scalp, and other portions of the body. In others the eruption is purely papular; in still others it consists solely of vesicles situated upon a reddened inflamed base, or both lesions may be intermingled. The pustular variety is characterized by the formation of pustules of

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