Sprains and Bruises

The best immediate treatment for ordinary sprains and bruises is the

application of _cloths dipped in very hot water_. This takes out the

soreness and prevents inflammation. As soon as one application cools a

little, a hot one should take its place, as hot as can be borne without

scalding the flesh. Very cold water can be used when hot is not

obtainable. For a sprained ankle or wrist continue this treatment for a

while and then bind smoothly and firmly with a clean cotton bandage.

Keep as quiet as possible with a sprained ankle, and if the accident

occurs when on a walk the fireman's lift may be used for carrying the

injured person to camp.