This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
Whitlow is an abscess of a finger. It comes on with a burning pain and inflammation at the end of the finger, which soon begins to throb, and to get more and more painful as the inflammation proceeds.
If taken in time, a leech or two, and a dose or two of cooling physic may put an end to it. But, if neglected at the commencement, it will be necessary to poultice it till it is sufficiently advanced; and then to open it with a lancet. It may be afterwards dressed with a little Turner's Cerate.