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.
When the parotid, the testis, or the mammary gland is inflamed, gentle frictions with mercurial ointment, or applications of it on lint, are suitable: in chronic superficial glandular swellings resulting from inflammation, or especially from syphilis, and also to procure absorption of inflammatory products in an early stage before suppuration has occurred, the same treatment is useful. The 5 to 10 per cent. solution of the oleate painted on night and morning is excellent, and I have known it succeed quickly in some cases where ordinary blue ointment had failed. For inflammatory and congestive conditions of the uterus, but more particularly of the ovaries, a combination of mercurial and belladonna ointments in equal parts applied externally is sometimes useful. It has been recommended even in fibroid growths.