This section is from the book "Dental Medicine. A Manual Of Dental Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Ferdinand J. S. Gorgas. Also available from Amazon: Dental Medicine.
Iodide of zinc is obtained by digesting an excess 37 of zinc with iodine diffused in water. It is in the form of fine, white, deliquescent needles, very soluble in water, and of a metallic, styptic taste, resembling that of sulphate of zinc, and is very liable to spontaneous combustion.
Iodide of zinc has been favorably employed in chorea, cachexia, scrofula and hysteria. It has been used for strumous inflammations and enlargements, both externally and internally. Externally it is an efficient local stimulant and escharotic, and is considered to be equal, if not superior to chloride of zinc. In enlarged tonsils it has been advantageously employed in a solution of 10 to 30 grains to the ounce of water. In the form of an ointment composed of a drachm of the iodide to the ounce of lard, it has been used in the treatment of tumors.
Of iodide of zinc, gr. j, gradually increased to gr. vj, given in the form of syrup.
Iodide of zinc is a valuable local application in alveolar pyorrhoea, tumors of the mouth, enlargement of the tonsils, etc. In alveolar pyorrhoea it is used in connection with peroxide of hydrogen, which see.
For Alveolar Pyorrhoea.
A. W. Harlan.
Zinci iodi . . . gr. xij to xxiv
For Alveolar Pyorrhaea.
A. W. Harlan.
Inject with a syringe if the pockets are shallow without much carious process.