Description of ailment:
A peculiar inflammation of the skin, chiefly of the toes, heels, and fingers, attended with redness, swelling, ad a sense of itching often quite intolerable, and excited by cold, and more especially cold applied after the part has been previously much heated.
May be given if there is much inflammation.
Dose. -Two drops in a dessertspoonful of water three times a day.
If in an inflamed unbroken state, the best applications are (1), one teaspoonful of strong tincture of Cantharides to six teaspoonfuls of Camphor liniment (equal parts of soft soap and strong spirits of wine with a little camphor dissolved in it; (2), salt and water – a strong brine; (3), snow or ice, or ice-cold water; (4), one teaspoonful of tincture of Arnica to eight of soap liniment or spirits of wine; (5), the strong tincture of Tamus Communis freely applied with a camel’s hair brush; or (6), hot bran in which the feet may be immersed. Either of these applications well rubbed in or applied two or three times a day will generally remove these troublesome companions. If in a broken condition, dress with Calendula cerate, or a lotion composed of one teaspoonful of tincture of Calendula mixed with two tablespoonfuls of water, and applied on linen rags; or an excellent way of treating indolent broken chilblains, is to powder them over with flour, as mentioned under Burns.