CO2 For Blisters & More
By Atom Bergstrom
Re: Anyone know of a natural remedy for blisters?
Applying CO2 can make them instantly disappear.
Dr. A. Rose (1905) wrote …
“The analgesic and cicatricizing effects of fixed air were already well established when [Thomas] Beddoës [1760-1808] learned, from the Dutch physician and chemist, John Ingenhousz [1730-1799], that carbonic acid had the remarkable property of quieting almost instantly even very severe pain, such, for instance, as is produced by vesication. The experiment of Ingenhousz was the following: He produced a blister on the finger, removed the epidermis, and exposed the finger to the air; then placed it in a bell filled with oxygen and afterward in another bell filled with carbonic acid. The pain, which already had been lively while the finger was exposed to the air, became more intense in the oxygen bath, but disappeared quickly after the finger had been plunged into carbonic acid. This experiment was repeated several times by Beddoës, always with the same result [David] Macbride [1726-1778] applied the gas to scorbutic ulcerations.
“In the year 1794 [John] Ewart published two cases of ulcerated cancer of the mama treated with carbonic acid. The first of these was that of a woman, fifty-eight years of age. The ulcerated surface was situated on the upper part of the left breast and had an extension of from four to five inches. The ulcer emitted an offensive odor and had an ichorous, fetid discharge; the patient suffered severe and almost constant pain at the seat of the cancer. Already the next day after the application of carbonic acid the ulcerated surface had a better appearance and the pain had entirely disappeared. There was no odor any more and the wound soon began to cicatrize. After two and a half months only a fistulous opening remained, and this also closed finally. Shortly after the publication of this case a report was spread and appeared in print that the patient had died. Contradicting this statement, Ingenhousz wrote to Beddoës, October 12, 1795, the following letter:”
(To Be Continued)