This section is from the book "The Farmers Ready Reference Or Hand Book Of Diseases Of Horses And Cattle", by S. C. Orr. . Also available from Amazon: The Farmer's Ready Reference;.
Although this is a disease of the blood it generally follows some one of the respiratory diseases; therefore. I give it with them.
Causes. - It comes from an impoverished condition of the blood, the result of debility from some other disease. The watery portions of the blood ooze through the walls of the blood vessels and settle under the skin of the most pendant parts.
Symptoms. - The pulse becomes weak and wiry, and there is great debility; the mucous membrane of the eyes and nostrils is studded with red or purple spots. The legs, head and under the belly swell rapidly, the swellings ending very abruptly as though a string was tied around the limb.
Treatment. - Treatment is not generally satisfactory unless in the hands of a good physician. A half pint of raw linseed oil and one-half ounce of turpentine should be given at once and repeated every morning thereafter. Mix together two ounces of tincture muriate of iron, one ounce tincture of gentian, one drachm fluid extract of nux vomica, and one ounce of water and give one tablespoonful in three times its bulk of water, with a syringe, every two hours. The swellings may be bathed with cold, salt water, but use no strong liniments on them.