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.
I have seen relief given to the cough in later stages by inhalation of ammonia vapor, and Mr. Grantham has devised a simple method of effecting this by adding 1 oz. of the liquor to 1 gallon of boiling water in a bucket or bath, and then putting in a red-hot brick (British Medical Journal, ii., 1871). The atmosphere of gas-works has often relieved chronic cases, a good effect which has been traced to the volatile sulphide of ammonium.