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On The Treatment By Eschar And Poultice

In many cases in which it is impossible to adopt either the m...

Additional Rules For The Treatment Of Eruptive Diseases

In all these eruptive diseases, especially small-pox, all I h...

Direction Of The Esophagus

The esophagus enters the chest in a decidedly backward as we...

Head Sounds In

As the result and accompaniment of deafness these are sometime...

Of Burns

The application of the lunar caustic in recent burns or scald...

Children's Deformed Feet

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Cramp In The Stomach

This very severe trouble, though resisting ordinary methods of...

Acute Stenosis Of The Larynx

Etiology.--Causes of a relatively sudden narrowing of the lum...

Catarrh Acute

If in the head, treat as prescribed for common colds in the h...

The Surgical Dissection Of The Bend Of The Elbow And The Forearm Showing The Relative Position Of The Arteries Veins And Nerves

The farther the surgical region happens to be removed from th...

How To Be Ill And Get Well

ILLNESS seems to be one of the hardest things to happ...

Asphyxia Suspended Animation

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The Contagion Of Scarlatina Very Active

The _contagion_ of scarlatina is very active, and adheres for...

Aspirating Tubes

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Exercise While Fasting

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Artistic Considerations

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Night Coughs

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Bronchoscopy In Malignant Growths Of The Trachea

The trachea is often secondarily invaded by malignancy of the...

Cures As Self-applied

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Amenorrhea Suppressed Menstruation

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Boils






Source: Papers On Health

The following treatment will be found effective to heal less
severe forms of boils, by soothing the whole fevered system of nerves,
and stimulating the skin in its getting rid of waste material.

Begin, then, by thoroughly soaping the head (see Head, Soaping). Go
to the back next, and soap similarly. The same process may, if desired,
be carried over the whole body to the very tips of the fingers and
toes. In a delicate case, do this in portions so as not to run any risk
of exposing the patient too much.

Lay on the boil, after the soaping, and while the patient is under its
soothing influence, a large piece of thickly folded flannel, or a small
sponge, squeezed out of water as hot as the patient can bear. Continue
this, with frequent re-heating of the application for a
quarter-of-an-hour, then allow the patient to rest.

When you have soaped a patient as we have described, say twice, it is
necessary to wash off the particles that may remain on the skin with
white vinegar or weak acetic acid. Then, if you have overcooled with
the soap and acid, it will be well to rub over with warm oil. By these
simple methods of treatment you will banish all tendency to boils. You
will change great suffering into comparative comfort, not only without
expenditure of strength, but in a way in which you add vigour to the
whole frame. One very great advantage of this treatment is that you do
not need to move the patient in any distressing way. If you have only
tact and gentleness of touch, you can do all that we have described
without causing one moment's distress. The severe form of boil known as
Carbuncle is very dangerous, and in such cases good surgical aid is
necessary, in addition to above treatment (see Diet).





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