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injections of any kind; late hours, etc. It may also be hereditary.
The treatment, to be successful, requires that the patient should
first be placed in a favorable condition. Anything which tends to
excite the disease must be avoided, as dissipations, late suppers,
etc. The diet must be plain and nourishing without being stimulating,
and be taken regularly. Exercise, short of fatigue, will be
beneficial. The clothing should be warm and worn loosely, especially
about the waist. Water is of great importance in the treatment of this
trouble. The sitting-bath may be used every day, and injections of
cold or tepid water should be used three or four times a day,
according to the severity of the discharge.
An injection of weak green tea will be found good in some mild cases,
as also sweet cider or a weak solution of alum.
One of the best tonics is the muriated tincture of iron, of which take
twenty or twenty-five drops in half a tumbler of water three or four
times a day. An excellent injection is made by taking three drams of
tannic acid and an ounce of alum, dissolving in a quart of water, and
inject one-third three times a day. The bowels should be kept open by
Rochelle or Epsom salts, or seidlitz powder. When there is great
debility of the organs, or when the disease has been brought on by
exposure to cold, pregnancy, abortions, etc., the following will be
found very successful:
Tincture of aloes, two ounces; muriated tincture of iron, four drams.
Mix. Dose: Thirty-five drops in water three times a day. At the same
time use the following injection: Sulphate of zinc (white vitriol),
two drams; sugar of lead, two drams. Mix in one quart of water, and
use one-fourth for each injection.
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