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What is commonly known as a fever blister, or herpes labialis, has from the earliest days in medicine been associated in its causation with some disorder of the gastric function. There is every reason to believe that such is a fact, the immediate cause of the eruption being an irritation of a terminal nerve filament by a peculiar poison generated through some disorder of normal digestion by the fever process. For this reason herpes is now classed by dermatologists as a neurotic eruption. Now as herpes affects the lips, in some cases amongst children the eruption may also appear within the mouth, on the mucous membrane of the tongue, the pharynx and the tonsils. It will always be found that some degree of gastric disturbance, either with or without fever, has preceded the eruption in this locality.
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DESSAU SH. HERPETIC ERUPTIONS OF THE MOUTH AND PHARYNX IN CHILDREN. Read in the Section of Diseases of Children, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(27):769–770. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420270007001a
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