COLDS AND CATARRHAL AFFECTIONS

COLDS AND CATARRHAL AFFECTIONS



Aconite

When the attack comes on suddenly after exposure to dry cold winds, and there is chilliness followed by fever ; no discharge, nose dry and stopped up ; symptoms all better in the open air.

Camphora

In the first stage, where the nose is stuffed up and the febrile symptoms of Aconite are wanting, though the patient feels chilly ; there is depression and languor.

An indicating symptom is that the inspired air feels cold.

Gelsemium

There is a general malaise and a feeling as if a cold were coming on ; the head is hot and full and there is chilliness and a disposition to hug the fire ; colds from relaxing weather ; there is a watery, bland discharge from the nose and sneezing.

Arsenic indicated in colds

Where there is a thin, watery discharge from the nose, which excoriates the upper lip, and in spite of this fluent discharge the nose feels stopped up ; the patient is chilly and hugs the fire ; there is frontal headache, photophobia and sneezing, and the sneezing does not relieve the irritation in the slightest ; it is worse going into the open air, though the burning is worse near the fire.

Mercurius

The Mercurius discharge, though very excoriating, is not watery, but thicker ; it is a thin, mucous discharge.

Mercury is the chatterbox, ceaselessly talking and gossiping, sometimes harmlessly, sometimes bitchily. Mercury makes a good messenger, diplomat or go-between, yet they can be two-faced and cannot keep a secret! They appear as all things to all people, somewhat promiscuous in every sense and rather changeable, they love books, letters, newspapers, magazines, journals, correspondence, reading, writing, telephones, crosswords, languages, jobs like teachers and writers, servants, doctors, diplomats, entertainers. Mercurius, Tuberc, Cann indica and Stramonium are related remedies.

Arsenicum differ from Phosphorus

The cold of Arsenicum always settles in the nose, while that of Phosphorus settles in the chest.

Allium cepa

Allium cepa has excoriating nasal discharge, but there is profuse lachrymation which is bland ; there is prolonged sneezing ; the discharge ceases on going into the open air, but returns again when coming into a warm room.

Sabadilla

Influenza with violent spasmodic sneezing and lachrymation on going into the open air ; burning, watery discharge from the nose ; eyes swollen and watery ; swelling of the throat and tonsils.

Hay fever.

Chilly, sensitive to cold air, wants to be wrapped up ; sneezes when in-haling cold air ; desires hot drinks.

Euphrasia has a thin, watery discharge from the nose, and how is it differentiated from the fore-going ?

Euphrasia ; it has excoriating lachrymation and bland nasal discharge, just the opposite of Allium cepa.

The cough of Euphrasia has been described as "measly."

Arum triphyllum

There is a stopped up nose with a fluent, acrid discharge, which is most generally yellow, and there is much soreness of the nostrils.

Lycopodium has stoppage of the nose with a discharge.
; here there is apt to be posterior dryness ; discharge of yellowish green matter from nose anteriorly.

Ferrum phosphoricum

When the onset of a cold is less sudden than that calling for Aconite and where there is no anxiety or restlessness.

Nux vomica

In the first stage, when brought on by damp, cold weather, sitting on damp steps, etc., associated with sneezing and stuffed up feeling in the nose.

The nose is dry, very little discharge ; the eyes water ; there is scraping in the throat, and there is dullness and oppression in the frontal region ; the symptoms are worse in a warm room and better in the open air.

Mercurius

It is similar in the rawness and soreness in the nose, and it is worse in damp weather.

Arsenicum

The coryza is relieved by warmth and aggravated by cold, which is the opposite of Nux, and the discharge is very thin and burning.

Kalium hydriodicum has distress in the frontal region with excoriating coryza, lachrymation, etc.; here all discharges are profuse and watery, and the throat is irritated. Has distress in the frontal region with excoriating coryza, lachrymation, etc.

Patient is alternately hot and cold.

Natrum muriaticum

Watery discharges, which are accompanied by vesicular eruptions about the lips, mouth and nose, dryness of the posterior nares and loss of smell and taste ; sneezing worse in the evening while undressing and in morning on rising.

Sinapis nigra and Arsenicum

Sinapis has the heat of Arsenicum, but there is dryness in the nose and no discharge.

Chamomilla

The nose is stopped up, yet runs a watery mucus ; sneezing and inability to sleep ; a dry, teasing cough keeping the child awake, or else a rattling cough, as if the bronchi were full of mucus.

Mercurius

Profuse coryza extending to the frontal sinuses, with burning in eyes and nose ; the discharge is a thin mucus, not thick nor yet watery, but excoriating ; worse in damp weather ; ulceration with acrid discharge.

Allium cepa, Arsenic, Euphrasia, Arum triphyllum, Kalium hyd. and Natrum mur have specially watery discharges .

Pulsatilla, Cyclamen, Penthorum, Kalium bich., and Hydrastis have thick discharges from the nose.

Pulsatilla

A ripe cold with a thick, yellow and bland discharge, no sneezing or excoriation, simply a thick, yellow muco-purulent discharge which is bland.

When we have these same symptoms and in addition a great deal of sneezing, Cyclamen is the remedy.

Penthorum Sedoides

The same symptoms as Pulsatilla, but in addition a rawness in the throat and a feeling of wetness in the nose.

Hydrastis

Watery, excoriating coryza, with burning and rawness in the nose and a sensation as if a hair were in the nose, the discharge being more profuse out of doors ; later a thick, yellow, tenacious discharge and a constant dropping from the posterior nares into the throat.

Kalium bichromicum

With Kalium bich. there is a tendency to deep ulceration, and the mucus is even more tenacious and stringy than under Hydrastis.

Hydrastis

There is, but it is a more superficial ulcerative process than that under Kalium bich.

Spigelia

It is useful where the mucus passes off only through the posterior nares.

Kalium bichromicum

The chief indication is the expectoration of solid chunks from the posterior nares, plugs or clinkers, so-called ; in the morning lumps of green mucus are hawked from the posterior nares ; the secretion is stringy and difficult to get out, there is dryness and tickling in the nose and sneezing, all worse in the open air.

Kalium carbonicum.

Coryza, with hoarseness or loss of voice ; catches cold at every exposure to fresh air ; stiff neck ; elongated uvula ; obstruction of nose relieved in open air, but returns on entering warm room.

Aurum

The nostrils are sore and cracked, the discharge is fetid and there is caries of the nasal bones ; especially if of a scrofulous or mercurio-syphilitic origin.

Nitricum acidum

With Nitric acid there is ulceration and splinter-like pains in the naso-pharynx, the discharge is watery and offensive and very excoriating.

Hard plugs in nose, which, when detached, leave a raw surface.

Hepar sulphur

Advanced stage when phlegm has formed with sticking in the throat ; colds which are easily re-excited from any exposure.

Ammonium carbonicum

The nose is stopped up and the patient is worse about three or four in the morning ; the coryza is scalding and there is burning in the throat.

Ammonium muriaticum

There is stoppage of one nostril during the day and both at night ; the coryza is scalding and the burning extends to the throat and trachea.

Bromine

Profuse, watery, excoriating discharge with headache and downward pressure at the root of the nose ; the nose is very sore and smarts inside ; ulcers form and scabs and crusts are blown out.

Sambucus

The nose is greatly stuffed up, and the child starts up as if suffocating ; snuffles.

Sticta.

Stuffed up nose ; the secretion drying so rapidly that it cannot be discharged.

Inclination to blow nose, but nothing escapes.

Arsenicum iodatum

Violent, acute coryza, with watery, acrid discharge, soreness in the nostrils, heat and burning extending into the eyes and headache.

Lachesis

Watery discharge, worse on the left side, with a throbbing headache, which is relieved when the discharge appears.

Verbascum

Catarrhs and cold accompanied by neuralgia and a hoarse, barking cough, a sort of " basso profundo."

It also is a powerful remedy in urinary irritability.

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Cinnabaris

Pressure at the root of the nose, as if a heavy pair of spectacles were there ; swollen and dry throat, with swollen tonsils, and stringy mucus in the posterior nares, which passes into the throat.

Wyethia

Dryness of pharynx with constant desire to clear throat ; follicular pharyngitis, with a hot, burning feeling, hoarseness , pharyngitis in teachers and singers.

Elaps

Catarrhal snuffles in children, nose stuffed up ; also the great sense of coldness that cold water leaves in the stomach.

Teucrium marum verum

Catarrh, with expectoration of solid chunks from the posterior nares ; nasal polypi.

Sanguinaria

Great susceptibility to odors, which causes the patient to faint ; burning and rawness in the nose, with fluent coryza which excoriates ; nasal polypi which tend to bleed easily.

Phosphorus

Caries of the bones of the nose ; ulcerations of the nose with stoppage ; hemorrhage and offensive odor ; nasal polypi.

Natrum carbonicum

Fluent coryza, provoked by least draught of air, with a daily periodical aggravation ; relieved by sweating.

Chronic catarrh, ozaena, thick ; yellowish discharge from nose, accumulation of mucus in posterior nares, causing hemming and hawking.

Bryonia

Either great dryness or thick, yellowish discharge, especially when discharge has been suddenly suppressed and there is a throbbing headache in frontal sinuses.

Lachesis

It is not aggravated by motion, nor has it the yellow discharge.

Rhus

Coryza, with severe aching in all the bones ; sneezing and coughing from exposure to dampness.

Dulcamara

Coryza, shivering, marked chilliness, sneezing and severe aching of long bones.

Intermingling of heat and chill

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