Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Fomentation, the application of flannel wrung out of hot water to a painful part is at times attended with considerable relief. Various drugs which contain sedative ingredients (poppy heads, turpentine, etc.) may be added to the water, though doubtless the main point to be attended to is the warmth. The fomentation should be as hot as can be borne with comfort by the patient.