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.
The application of an ice-bag, or of iced compresses, in these conditions has often proved more useful than the usual orthodox poultice, and in early stages, the local inflammation and the general pyrexial state may both be relieved by local cold. On the other hand, in some cases a prolonged hot sitz-bath, or smoking hot fomentations, renewed about every half-hour, give great relief. The nausea or vomiting is often quickly checked by administering small quantities of ice or iced water; at other times by hot water.