Punctures Case Iii


Categories: ON THE APPLICATION OF THESE MODES OF TREATMENT TO PARTICULAR CASES.
Sources: Application Of The Lunar Caustic In The Cure Of Certain Wounds And Ulcers

A female servant punctured the end of the finger by a pin; there

succeeded much pain and swelling, and it appeared that the nail would

separate, and the cuticle all round the finger was raised by the

effusion of fluid. This fluid was evacuated and a poultice applied.



On the third day the cuticle was removed, and the exposed surface was

found to be ulcerated in several spots. The lunar caustic was passed

slightly over the excoriated surface, which was then left exposed to

dry.



On the succeeding day the eschar was adherent and the pain had almost

subsided. On the next day, the eschar still remained adherent, and as

there was neither pain nor soreness, the patient used her finger.



The eschar was at length removed by the healing process and was

separated together with the nail, and the case was unattended by any

further inconvenience or trouble either to the patient or myself.



It is scarcely necessary to contrast the advantage of this mode of

treatment with that by plasters, poultices, &c. It is at once more

speedy and secure, and less cumbersome to such patients as are obliged

to continue domestic avocations.





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