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treatment by warm, moist applications; also, the substance thus applied.
2. Application of warmth and moisture in the treatment of disease.
[L. fomento, pp. -atus, to foment, fr. fomentum, a poultice, fr. foveo, to keep warm]
fomentation (fō′mən-tā′shən, -mĕn-)
1. The act of fomenting; incitement.
a. A substance or material used as a warm, moist medicinal compress; a poultice.
b. The therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, as to relieve pain.
hot compress Naturopathy
A locally applied cloth imbibed with hot water, which is analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative and vasodilatory.
fomentation A warm, moist compress or poultice, or the application of warmth and moisture for medical purposes. Fomentation causes an increase in the blood supply to the underlying area and this can be helpful in treating inflammation.
1. A warm application.
2. Application of warmth and moisture to treat disease.
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In those days, hot fomentations
and bread poultices were applied as required and bee and wasp stings received the "blue-bag" treatment.
Fomentations of tepid water or other substances were applied to injured parts, especially in dislocations, frostbite, and bruises where the skin had not been broken.
of cases treated Calomel / Hydrargyrium submurias PM 137 Calomel - colocynth compound PM 79 Cathartic dose (unspecified) P 73 Magnesium sulphate P 73 Ipecac E 65 Antimony potassium tartrate E 62 Opium A 59 Jalap P 54 Antimonials (powders/pills) E 48 Vesicatoires / blisters S 38 Rhei / rhubarb P 35 Colocynth / bitter cucumber P 33 Cataplasm / poultice S 33 Purgatives (unspecified) P 31 Emplastrum cantharidis S 31 Dover's powders (Ipecac and Opium) EA 25 Ricinus / castor oil P 23 Camphor S 22 Hydrargyrium (unspecified mercurial) M 21 Fomentations / baths S 20 Key to Drug Type A = analgesic or pain-killer; E = emetic; P = purgative or laxative; M = mercury; S = skin or topical
are hot compresses, made by brewing and straining a strong herbal tea.