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Full text of "Diseases Of The Nose Throat And Ear"

GENERAL NOTES ON TREATMENT

scald the child. They should never be used by young children in whom the hot
steam may precipitate a laryngeal oedema. The most common medicaments
are menthol and tinct. benzoin, co. Menthol may be used as crystals, in which
case not more than three crystals should be used in a pint (0-5 1) of water, or
as 20 per cent solution of menthol in rectified spirit in which case only five
drops are added to the pint (0-5 1) of water. Tinct. benzoin, co. (Friar's
balsam) is used in the proportion of 5 ml to the pint (0-5 1) of water. The
disadvantage of this is that it stains the jug in which the inhalation is made up.
The water should have been boiled and allowed to stand for a few minutes
before being used at a temperature of about 70 C. The patient sits upright
and covers the head with a towel which also covers the jug, and inhales for
5-10 minutes.

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