Searchlights on Health eBook

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When any foreign body enters the eye, close it instantly, and keep it still until you have an opportunity to ask the assistance of some one; then have the upper lid folded over a pencil and the exposed surfaces closely searched; if the body be invisible, catch the everted lid by the lashes, and drawing it down over the lower lid, suddenly release it, and it will resume its natural position.  Unsuccessful in this attempt, you may be pretty well assured that the object has become lodged in the tissues, and will require the assistance of a skilled operator to remove it.


A drop or two of creosote on a cut will stop its bleeding.

TREATMENT FOR POISON OAK—­POISON IVY—­POISON SUMACH.—­Mr. Charles Morris, of Philadelphia, who has studied the subject closely, uses, as a sovereign remedy, frequent bathing of the affected parts in water as hot as can be borne.  If used immediately after exposure, it may prevent the eruption appearing.  If later, it allays the itching, and gradually dries up the swellings, though they are very stubborn after they have once appeared.  But an application every few hours keeps down the intolerable itching, which is the most annoying feature of sumach poisoning.  In addition to this, the ordinary astringent ointments are useful, as is also that sovereign lotion, “lead-water and laudanum.”  Mr. Morris adds to these a preventive prescription of “wide-open eyes.”

BITES AND STINGS OF INSECTS.—­Wash with a solution of ammonia water.

BITES OF MAD DOGS.—­Apply caustic potash at once to the wound, and give enough whiskey to cause sleep.

BURNS.—­Make a paste of common baking soda and water, and apply it promptly to the burn.  It will quickly check the pain and inflammation.

COLD ON CHEST.—­A flannel rag wrung out in boiling water and sprinkled with turpentine, laid on the chest, gives the greatest relief.

COUGH.—­Boil one ounce of flaxseed in a pint of water, strain, and add a little honey, one ounce of rock candy, and the juice of three lemons.  Mix and boil well.  Drink as hot as possible.

SPRAINED ANKLE OR WRIST.—­Wash the ankle very frequently with cold salt and water, which is far better than warm vinegar or decoction of herbs.  Keep the foot as cool as possible to prevent inflammation, and sit with it elevated on a high cushion.  Live on low diet, and take every morning some cooling medicine, such as Epsom salts.  It cures in a few days.

CHILBLAINS, SPRAINS, ETC.—­One raw egg well beaten, half a pint of vinegar, one ounce spirits of turpentine, a quarter of an ounce of spirits of wine, a quarter of an ounce of camphor.  These ingredients to be beaten together, then put in a bottle and shaken for ten minutes, after which, to be corked down tightly to exclude the air.  In half an hour it is fit for use.  To be well rubbed in, two, three, or four times a day.  For rheumatism in the head, to be rubbed at the back of the neck and behind the ears.  In chilblains this remedy is to be used before they are broken.

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