This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
A sulphurous lotion will often give great relief to the burning pain of erysipelas, and its constant application is said to cut short the malady. Dr. Hewson records twenty-seven cases of various degrees of severity - seven of them idiopathic, and all treated by the local use of a sulphite lotion (sodae sulphitis gr. x. ad 3 j.) applied on lint covered with oiled silk; it bleaches the skin and "destroys the inflammation" (Philadelphia Medical Times, i., 1868). Mr. Pairman describes great and immediate relief to pain in a severe case of facial erysipelas from a lotion of equal parts of glycerin and sulphurous acid: the patient recovered at the end of a week, but tincture of steel and other remedies were given internally; relief, however, was clearly traceable to the lotion, and it deserves to be more generally used than it is at present.