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BOIL. (Furunculus, Furuncle). Causes

Category: Diseases of The Skin

Boils may appear in a healthy
person, but they are often the result of a low condition of the system;
they are frequently seen in persons suffering from sugar diabetes.

MOTHERS' REMEDIES. 1. Boil, My Mother's Poultice for. "Poppy leaves
pounded up and bound on are good. My mother has used this recipe and found
it to be good." This remedy not only makes a good poultice, but is very
soothing, as poppies contain opium. The leaves may be purchased at any
drug store.

2. Boil, Soap and Sugar Poultice for. "Poultice made of yellow or soft
soap and brown sugar, equal parts. Spread on cloth and apply faithfully."
This makes a good strong poultice, and has great drawing powers and would
be apt to create a good deal of pain, but would draw the boil to a head.
The above remedy was sent in by a number of mothers, all of whom said they
had tried it with success when other remedies failed.

3. Boil, Vinegar or Camphor for. "May be cured by bathing in strong
vinegar frequently when they first start. When it stops smarting from the
vinegar cover with vaseline or oil." Bathing the boil in vinegar seems to
check the growth and does not allow them to become as large as they would
ordinarily. If you do not have vinegar in the house, camphor will answer
the same purpose.

4. Boil, Bean Leaf Poultice for. "Apply snap bean leaves, beat up fine."
Bruise the leaves so that they are real fine, and apply to the boil. This
acts the same as a poultice.

5. Boil, Another Vinegar Remedy for. "If taken at first a boil can be
cured by dipping the finger in strong vinegar and holding on the boil
until it stops smarting. Repeat three or four times then apply a little
oil to the head of boil."

PHYSICIANS' TREATMENT for Boils. Tonics such as iron, quinine, and
strychnine are good. Elixir, iron, quinine and strychnine from a half to
one teaspoonful three times a day is a good tonic for an adult. Sulphide
of calcium one-tenth grain four times a day is good. Paint the inflamed
spot when it first begins, with a solution of gun cotton (collodion) and
renew it every hour until a heavy contractile coating is formed.
Poultices, if used, should contain sweet oil and laudanum. Alcohol and
camphor applied over the skin in the early stages is recommended by
Ringer. This I know is good. Another, wipe the skin and use camphorated
oil. When boils occur in the external ear, the canal should be washed out
with hot water. If it is ripe it should be opened. The following is good
for the pain of a boil:

Iodoform 4 grains
Menthol 2 grains
Vaselin 1 dram

Mix and smear a cotton plug and insert in the ear two or three times a


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