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or the Uterus through the Vagina. It is, in fact, of a catarrhal nature,
and results from an over-secretion of the mucus fluids which, in proper
quantity, keep the mucus membrane of the said organs in good condition.
The discharge manifests in various shades and degrees of consistency.
From the character of the discharge, physicians are able to determine
whether it comes from the Vagina or the Uterus. The discharge from the
Vagina usually is a light creamy fluid; that from the neck of the Uterus
is a sticky, thick fluid flowing rather freely; that from the lining of
the Uterus is alkaline, and generally precedes and follows menstruation;
and that accompanying ulceration of the womb is semi-purulent and
offensive in odor.
Leucorrhea has many causes, among which may be mentioned the following:
getting chilled feet or body, particularly during the menstrual period;
over exertion and overwork standing on one's feet; chills following
dancing in overheated rooms; excessive worry or emotional strain, etc.
It is a quite common complaint, and some assert that fully twenty-five
per cent (perhaps more) of all women suffer from it to at least some
The general treatment of Leucorrhea consists of the building up of the
entire system by the proper hygienic methods. Constipation should be
removed, and the system is built up by the proper articles of food,
exercise, etc. The use of the proper douches are also advised by the
best practitioners. Physicians also treat inflamed areas by local
treatments consisting of painting the Vagina or neck of the Uterus with
certain medicinal solutions. Certain suppositories and douches are also
employed in some cases. It is always better to consult a good physician
in these cases, particularly where the trouble is aggravated or of long
A popular writer on the subject gives the following prescription for a
vaginal injection: White Fluid Hydrastics, 2 ounces; Borax, 1/2 ounce;
Distilled Witch Hazel Extract, 1 pint. Use of this preparation ONE
OUNCE, DILUTED IN A PINT OF LUKEWARM WATER, as a vaginal injection,
taken twice each day.
A well-known authority gives the following advice concerning treatment
of Leucorrhea: "One of the simplest things is an alum tampon. You take a
piece of absorbent cotton, about the size of a fist, spread it out, put
about a tablespoonful of powdered alum on it, fold it up, tie a string
around the center, insert it in the vagina as far as it will go, and
leave it in twenty-four hours. Then pull it gently by the string and
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