Dr. John Phillip Gibbs, of Fullerton Ave., Chicago, has given me the results of his use of echinacea in the treatment of impetigo contagiosa. This skin disorder is indeed a most stubborn, intractable and troublesome one, with even the best known methods of treatment of the past. Any one who has had experience with it will confirm this statement. Any method of cure that will be readily accessible and reasonably prompt in its influence will be hailed with delight.
The doctor had seven severe cases. He made a fifty per cent solution of the fluid extract of echinacea and of this he gave to children fifteen drops and to the adults thirty drops internally, every two hours. He bathed the diseased surfaces—the eruption—freely with the solution, and in some cases applied gauze compresses wet in the solution. So rapid was the favorable progress of the cure that all of the cases were free from the disease within eight days. There were discolorations at the seat of the severe eruptions, which required a little more time for their complete removal.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.