what does blister mean from the following context
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A wood-fire is not a permanent thing. I got up every twenty minutes and renewed ours, and this gave Mrs. McWilliams the opportunity to shorten the times of giving the medicines by ten minutes, which was a great satisfaction to her. Now and then, between times, I reorganized the flax-seed poultices, and applied sinapisms and other sorts of blisters
where unoccupied places could be found upon the child. Well, toward morning the wood gave out and my wife wanted me to go down cellar and get some more.
I think blaster would make more sense.
A sinapism is commonly made from mustard seeds or mustard extract, and is used traditionally in herbal medicine as a counter-irritant with the purpose of 'burning out' infection. Mustard causes blistering on the skin, and this is why the term is used in your passage. Indeed, a sinapism is also known as a 'mustard blister'.
Originally Posted by karitaru
It makes sense now.
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