As described by S. Weir Mitchell, this condition presents redness of one or both hands and feet, all four extremities, or one or several toes or fingers, and a burning, aching, paroxysmal, neuralgic pain of the afflicted areas. The temperature of the part involved is generally increased and the symptoms are aggravated by warmth. This disease is rare and while affecting either sex or any age, it is more common in young males. It is symptomatic of a central nervous disease or it may appear as a symptom of peripheral neuritis or it may be purely idiopathic.
Prognosis and Treatment. Gradual aggravation may be expected. Treatment is rather discouraging, and consists of brief X-ray exposures, applications of the high-frequency currents or faradic electricity. Usually rest in bed, a nutritious diet and cold applications during the paroxysms will prove beneficial.