Croup

Croup
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Your child is frequently / always suffering from a cold. The cough shoots up in minutes and it is not mild. Baby is totally fine and all of a sudden will be sreveely coughing. Child slept normally wakes up with a very sore and non-stop cough at 4-5 AM, which in minutes leads to breathlessness and he/she could not speak again. You rush to your doctor and the trouble is diagnosed as croup.


Select a suitable remedy from the following / consult your family homoeopath.
 

Aconite

  • The cough is hard, dry and barking.
  • There is little or no expectoration.
  • When brought on by dry, cold winds ; hard, dry, barking cough, heard all over the house.
  • Difficult breathing, anxiety and fever.


Aralia racemosa

 
  • Spasmodic cough at night, coming on after the first sleep.
  • Relief after expectoration of tough mucus.


Bromine

  • Cough with much rattling on breathing.
  • It seems as if the next cough would bring up a great quantity of mucus, but when the cough comes it is deep and hard.


Iodium
It is very similar to Bromine ; there is a hoarse voice and difficult inspiration ; the child grasps at its throat ; croup caused by long-continued damp weather, with more fever than in Bromine, and the general temperament of the drug.


Bryonia

  • It is caused by epigastric or supra-sternal irritation.
  • The cough is dry, and the patient presses his hand against the sides to relieve the pain.
  • It is a painful cough and hurts distant parts of the body, as for instance the head.
  • It is worse in a warm room, and there is a slight yellowish or blood-streaked expectoration.
  • Deep, hoarse voice ; inspiration produces coughing ; the breathing is hoarse, rasping and whistling, and there is rattling in the larynx, and when the child coughs it sounds as if the larynx were full of mucus.


Phosphorus

  • There is a dry, tickling cough, which is worse from going from a warm room into the cold, or in changes from warm to cold caused by irritation in the larynx and beneath the sternum.
  • There is a great deal of rawness in the larynx, and is worse from talking.


Belladonna

  • Cough from tickling in the larynx as from dust.
  • Dry, hacking cough coming on in violent attacks with an expectoration of blood-tinged mucus.
  • Much pain in chest.


Rumex crispus

  • It is a teasing, persistent cough, aggravated by cold air.
  • The patient has to put his head under the bed-clothes and breathe warm air to relieve the cough.
  • It is caused by tickling in the supra-sternal fossa, and is worse at night from lying down.
  • Night cough in phthisis.


Silicea, Phosphorus and Lycopodium have a cough worse at night on lying down.

Drosera

  • It is a spasmodic cough which comes on in the evening, and every effort to raise the phlegm ends in vomiting.
  • In whooping cough the cough is so frequent that the patient cannot catch his breath.
  • Must hold sides with hands.


Eupatorium perf. and Natrum sulph have this last symptom.

Causticum

  • There is a tickling cough which is relieved by a drink of cold water.
  • There is often associated with the cough involuntary spurting of urine.
  • There is a great deal of rawness in the throat and hoarseness and loss of voice.


Squilla and Natrum mur have involuntary spurting of urine during cough.

Ignatia
It is a nervous, dry spasmodic cough in quick, successive shocks, at if a feather were in the throat ; the more the patient coughs the more he wants to, and it is only stopped by an effort of the will ; the cough occurs in the evening on lying down.

Kalium bichromicum
It is a hard, barking cough which seems to start from the epigastrium, and the expectoration is of a yellow, stringy character and difficult to raise.

Coccus cacti differs from Kalium bichromicum: Here the expectoration is ropy, but is clear albuminous mucus, and the remedy is especially indicated in whooping cough.

The paroxysms of the cough end in vomiting of dear, ropy mucus which hangs in great long strings from the mouth.

Calcarea carbonica
Cough excited by tickling as of a feather in the throat and with the cough a piercing pain in chest ; cough dry at first, afterwards with profuse salty expectoration.

Corallium rubrum

  • It has been styled the "minute gun" cough, the paroxysms coming on very close together.
  • It is a short, dry, ringing cough.
  • It takes the child's breath away, so that when the paroxysms have ceased he feels exhausted.


Mephitis has this symptom, and how does it differ.
It is indicated where the catarrhal symptoms are slight and the whoop is marked.

Hepar sulphur
It is a hoarse, croupy cough, having withal a " loose edge," the phlegm being loose and choking ; worse from exposure to cold air and from drinking cold water.

Hepar sulphur distinguished from Belladonna, Conium, Rumex and Lachesis: From Belladonna by absence of laryngeal soreness and fever.

From Conium, the irritation being higher in the throat.

From Rumex by not being affected by respiration.

From Lachesis by not being excited by pressure on larynx.

Opium
It has a dry, tickling cough, which is especially worse at night and is relieved by a drink of water.

Conium
Dry, spasmodic, hacking ; worse at night upon lying down, and is fatiguing in old people ; mucus cannot be expectorated, must be swallowed ; the cough is caused by an irritation in the larynx as of a dry spot.

Hyoscyamus
It lacks the dry spot of irritation of Conium.

Sticta

  • Hard, dry, barking, almost croupy cough ; worse at night with little or no expectoration.
  • An irritable cough, caused by dryness high up in the pharynx ; not aggravated by lying down, but worse at night.


Squilla
Violent cough with a great deal of mucus in the chest and expectoration ; during the cough there is involuntary spurting of urine ; the patient coughs a long time before a little mucus is raised, which gives relief ; sharp, sticking pains in side, which are worse during the cough.

Hyoscyamus
Cough which is aggravated lying down at night and relieved by sitting up ; aggravated from eating, drinking and talking ; cough from an elongated uvula.

Conium 
It has a cough at night aggravated by lying down ; but it is caused by a dry spot sensation in the larynx, and the patient has to sit up.

Cuprum
It is relieved by a drink of cold water ; cold water also relieves the vomiting ; whooping cough, the attacks coming on in quick succession, relieved by a drink of water, accompanied perhaps by spasms, threatening suffocation.

Causticum has cough relieved by a drink of water.

Laurocerasus
Dry, teasing cough at night with expectoration tinged with blood ; lack of reaction in chest troubles.

Magnesia phosphorica

  • True spasmodic cough, coming on in paroxysms, without expectoration.
  • Whooping cough is worse at night and accompanied with difficulty in lying down.


Nitricum acidum
Dry, tickling cough, worse at night, and often starting from a particular spot in the larynx.

Sulphur

  • When the cough is worse towards morning and there is rattling of mucus.
  • Least exposure excites a fit of coughing.
  • The cough begins to loosen, has a loose edge.


Sepia

  • Cough seeming to come from the stomach or abdomens a cough with salty expectoration, attended by stitches in the epigastrium.
  • Whooping cough with vomiting of bile and soreness of chest during cough ; relieved by pressure.


Hydrocyanic acidum is sometimes useful in the dry, hacking cough of consumptives.

Eupatorium perfoliatum has similar to Bryonia:

  • The cough hurts head and chest ; the patient holds the chest with the hands.
  • Soreness in larynx, hoarseness and aching in loins.
  • Ambra grisea has a cough that is worse when strangers are present.
  • It is purely a nervous cough.


Kalium sulphuricum
Cough with great rattling of mucus on the chest, worse in a warm room, relieved in the cool, open air.

Spongia

  • The breathing is harsh and hard, as if the patient were breathing through a sponge ; hard, barking, ringing cough, with scanty expectoration ; the cough seems to get tighter every minute ; threatened suffocation.
  • Hard, ringing, metallic cough, worse from deep breathing, with a sensation of weakness.
  • Better from warm drinks.


Antimonium tartaricum

  • The cough sounds loose, but no phlegm is raised ; it seems as if every cough would raise the phlegm, but it does not.
  • There is whistling and rattling extending into the trachea.


Verbascum
Hard, harsh and barking cough, with hoarseness ; a tracheal and laryngeal cough.

Sambucus and Chlorine have spasm of the glottis.

Antimonium tartaricum
When the rattling and wheezing extends down trachea ; mucus rales, great prostration and dyspnoea.

Kalium bichromicum

  • True membranous croup.
  • Metallic sound to cough, labored breathing, rattling of mucus, smothering spells and characteristic stringy expectoration.
  • Tendency to extend downward.


Kaolin not often used, is useful in croup where the tendency of the disease is to extend to the trachea and upper chest.

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