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.
In the early stage of this inflammation - it must be at least before suppuration has set in - a strong solution (30 to 60 gr. to 1 oz.) applied once in twenty-four hours will sometimes abort further progress. Judgment is required to determine the suitability of cases for this treatment, for if the inflammation be advanced and active, irritant applications tend to increase it. In sloughing ulceration about the fauces, strong nitrate solutions are sometimes serviceable, and are better than the solid caustic; but more active disinfectants, such as iodine or carbolic acid, are still better.