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CHILBLAINS. (Erythema Pernio)

Categories: Diseases of The Skin

This occurs usually in people with a
feeble circulation or scrofulous constitution, usually seen in the young

or very old. The redness shows most, as a rule, on the hands and feet.

The redness may be either a light or dusky shade. It itches and burns

especially when near artificial heat. The redness disappears on pressure,

and the parts are cool rather than hot. It is an inflammation that follows

freezing or a frost-bite. It
ay return for years at the return of cold


MOTHERS' REMEDIES. 1. Chilblains, a Cure for. "Equal parts of extract of

rosemary and turpentine. Apply night and morning until cured." The

rosemary is very soothing, and the turpentine creates a drawing sensation.

It has cured many cases of chilblains.

2. Chilblains, Witch-hazel for. "Bathe feet in lukewarm water and soda

and apply carbolized witch-hazel." This remedy is very soothing, and

always give relief.

3. Broken Chilblains, Ointment for.

"Sweet Oil 1/2 pint

Venice Turpentine 1-1/2 ounce

Fresh Lard 1/4 pound

Beeswax 1-1/2 ounce

Simmer gently together in a pan water bath until the beeswax is melted,

stirring until cool. When it is ready for use apply on going to bed on a

soft rag."

4. Chilblains, Vinegar Cure. "Soak the feet in a weak solution of

vinegar, then rub good with vaselin or oil."

5. Chilblains, Home-made Salve for.

Fresh Lard 2 ounces

Venice Turpentine 1/2 ounce

Gum Camphor 1/2 ounce

Melt together, stirring briskly. When cold it is ready for use.

6. Chilblains, Common Glue for. "Put a little common (dissolved) glue in

hot water and soak the feet in it. Repeat if necessary." This is very good

and gives relief.

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7. Chilblains, the Onion Cure for. "Raw onion rubbed on chilblains every

night and morning." The onion seems to have a very soothing effect upon

the chilblains, and this remedy has been known to cure many stubborn

cases. It is always well to soak the feet well before applying this

treatment, as the juice from the onion will penetrate more quickly.

8. Chilblains, the Hemlock Remedy for. "Hemlock twigs mixed with lard and

pounded until it is green, then bound on."

PHYSICIANS' TREATMENT for Chilblains. Thick woolen stockings, mittens and

ear protections should be worn. Daily cold baths, especially of such

parts, should be taken. Alcohol applied to the parts, full strength, will

harden the tissues. Camphor also is good.

Internal. Iron should be given to establish a better circulation and give

strength. Tincture of iron, five drops three times a day, is good.

External. 1. Alum as a wash applied to the parts.

2. Ointment of ichthyol, one-half strength, is very good in some cases.

3. Rosin made in an ointment is also good to relieve some cases.

4. Lard and iodine ointment is excellent for some.

5. The following is also good:

Prepared Chalk 1 ounce

Powdered Camphor 10 grains

Linseed Oil 2 ounces

Balsam of Peru 20 drops

Mix and apply.