The Pots & their Cures 
 
This page shows the ailments that was purported to be cured by the contents of the ointment pots.
It has of course been proved by science that some of the pot contents probably did the patient more harm than good.

I have attempted to show herewith on this page ailments that are listed on the Victorian Ointment pots that could be cured and a description of what some of these problems actually were. 
Some collectors of these wonderful pots might not be too familiar with some of the diseases and medical descriptions that existed.
 For sure I was not particularly aware as to what Erysipelas was or what Scrofulous or Scabies were !

An ointment for 'Bad Breasts' may well get the thought process going wondering as to what this remedy was really used to treat.
Some ailments of course are pretty obvious, the treatment of Cuts and Bruises for example.




The Ailment  A description of the Ailment
 Abscesses  An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body 
 Aches & Pains Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. An Ache is a chronic painful sensation
 Acne Acne vulgaris (or simply Acne) is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin
 Bad Breasts The breast that feeds the hungry infant is the "good breast", while a hungry infant that finds no breast is in relation to the "bad breast".
 Broken Breasts

 Sores caused by breast feeding

 Sore Breasts  Caused by breast feeding
 Sore Legs Could be anything ?
 Boils An infection of the hair follicle causing a swollen area on the skin by an accumulation of pus & dead tissue
 Bronchitis Inflammation of the bronchi (large and medium-sized airways) in the lungs
 Bruises Or contusions in which capillaries are damaged, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding interstitial tissues.
 Burns A type of injury to skin or other tissues, caused by heat,  friction, or radiation
 Cancer Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body
 Carbuncle A carbuncle is a cluster of boils, draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection,
 Chaffing A skin irritation
 Chapped Hands A skin irritation
 Chest & Lung Complaints Breathing difficulties
 Chest Complaints Breathing difficulties
 Chilblains A condition that occurs when a predisposed individual is exposed to cold and humidity, causing tissue damage
 Croup A respiratory infection that is usually caused by a virus. The infection leads to swelling inside the wind pipe
 Cutaneous Disease The adjective cutaneous means "of the skin" therefor this refers to skin disease
 Cuts Slicing of the skin
 Eczema Also known as Dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin. It is characterized by itchy, erythematous, vesicular, weeping, and crusting patches. 
 Erysipelas An acute infection typically with a skin rash, usually on any of the legs and toes, face, arms, and fingers
 Fistulas An abnormal connection between two hollow spaces, such as blood vessels, intestines, or other hollow organs
 Foul Shaves Irritation following shaving of the face
 Gatherings No idea ?
 Gout Gout often involves the joint at the base of the big toe and is usually characterized by recurrent attacks of inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint.
 Housemaids Knee Inflammation of the knee following excessive kneeling
 Inflamations Swollen reaction to injury or infection
 Insect Bites  Irritation occur when some insects inject formic acid, causing a skin reaction resulting in redness and swelling
 Inveterate Ulcers Chronic skin breakage
 Kings Evil Also known as scrofula, swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck
 Mosquito Bites Insect bite from a mosquito
 Open Sores

A wound in which skin is torn, cut, or punctured (an open wound), or where blunt force trauma causes a contusion

 Piles Also known as Hemorrhoids,  vascular structures in the anal canal that become inflamed
 Psoriasis A long-lasting auto immune disease evidenced by patches of abnormal skin, typically red, itchy, and scaly. 
 Rheumatism Rheumatism is an umbrella term for conditions causing chronic, often intermittent pain affecting the joints 
 Ringworm A clinical condition caused by fungal infection of the skin 
 Scabies Scabies, known as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infestation. Common symptoms are severe itchiness and a pimple-like rash
 Scald Head Disease of the scalp charachterised by the falling out of the hair
 Scalds Scalding is a form of thermal burn resulted from heated fluids such as boiling water or steam. 
 Scrulous Also known as King's Evil, this is the swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck
 Scorbutic Eruptions Having to do with Scurvy
 Scurvy A disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C causing scorbutic eruptions.
 Skin Outbreaks Breakage of the skin,
 Sore Throats Pain or irritation of the throat
 Sore Eyes Inflammation of the eyes, conjunctivitus for example
 Sprains Also known as a torn ligament, it is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, often caused by trauma 
 Stiff Joints Pain on moving a joint, the symptom of loss of range of motion or the physical sign of reduced range of motion
 Sunburn A form of radiation burn to the skin, as a result of an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, usually the sun
 Swellings Abnormal enlargement of a body part or area not caused by a tumor
 Tumours An abnormal growth of tissue. When forming a mass it is commonly referred to as a tumor or tumour
 Varicose Veins Veins that have become enlarged and twisted. 
 Venerial Sores A type of injury in which skin is torn, cut, or punctured (an open wound)
 Wounds A whitlow or felon is an infection of the tip of the finger.
 Whitlows Sexually transmitted diseases causing oral cold sores or genital irritation
 
 
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Further detailed information can be obtained from the Historical Guide to Delftware and Victorian Ointment Pots 
book produced by Messrs. Houghton & Priestley