CoughA cough is usually the result of some form of irritation affecting the air passages, such as occurs with a 'cold' or derives from habitual smoking. However, various other disturbances within the chest, some of them serious, may give rise to a cough, which is not a symptom to be lightly regarded or merely palliated with lozenges, linctus, or proprietary medicines.
The cough that accompanies a cold tends to clear up when the cold gets better. As a means of prevention, any obvious source of irritation in connection with the air breathed day by day must be
tracked down and avoided as far as possible. In foggy weather it is wise to cover the nose and mouth with a scarf and thus reduce the quantity of soot and sulphur fumes breathed in. Having the windows open at night is of no advantage at all when the air so admit¬ted is cold, polluted, and harmful to throat and lungs. When there is decent fresh air available the habit of deep breathing is of great value in preventing colds and coughs.
Inasmuch as a severe or constant cough may be associated with serious disease it is most important that expert aid be sought to discover the reason for the cough and to advise in the matter of treatment. Self-dosing with cough mixtures and the like is most unwise and may be dangerous by delaying diagnosis and proper treatment. The taking of homoeopathic remedies without adequate investigation as to the true nature of the underlying trouble is equally to be condemned.
A recent cough of the catarrhal type may yield to one or other of the following remedies, a few doses of 30, two or three times during the 24 hours, or 6 for a few days, till better.
ACONITUM constant short, dry, cough with feeling of suffocation; or dry, hard, ringing cough; after exposure to cold, dry wind.
ANTIMONIUM TARTARICUM persistent cough with rattling respira¬tion, great accumulation of sticky phlegm, and great difficulty in getting it up; sudden sensation of suffocation and must sit up- sunken, sickly, pale or bluish countenance.
ARSENICUM ALBUM wheezing respiration, much frothy phlegm- cannot breathe freely or fully; WORSE from midnight to about 2 a.m.; very restless and anxious; weak and exhausted to a marked degree.
BELLADONNA dry tickling cough in violent paroxysms; great dryness in larynx; cough seems to burst open the head; fit of cough¬ing ends in sneezing, or a whoop; child begins to cry just before fit of coughing comes on.
BRYONIA hard, dry, spasmodic cough, which shakes the whole body; associated with stitches and soreness in chest, and with bursting headache; WORSE from cold, dry weather, especially east winds, at night, and after eating and drinking; wants to sigh, but deep breath hurts; WORSE any movement; peevish, wants to be let alone, thirsty for large drinks of cold water at long intervals, but hot drinks tend to help the actual cough. The sufferer holds on to both chest and head when coughing.
CAUSTICUM hard cough, racks whole chest, which seems full of mucus; rawness in throat and hoarseness of voice; inability to expectorate; swallows phlegm; may get relief from a drink of cold water. There may be loss of urine when coughing.
DROSERA violent tickle in larynx brings on a fit of coughing which seems deep down in chest, and is accompanied by retching
and gagging; cough causes pain below ribs and calls for support by the hands; WORSE at night. Of proven value in whooping- cough. The cough tends to be better in the open air.
HEPAR SULPHURIS suffocative coughing spells, croup; WORSE in cold, dry weather, and when breathing cold air; aggravated by uncovering any part of body, even putting a hand out of bed; BETTER in warm, moist weather. The patient is chilly and sweaty, and is thirsty for hot drinks.
IPECACUANHA spasmodic, suffocative cough with rattling respira¬tion early in illness; wheezing, with sensation of weight in chest; child may become blue and go stiff; intense nausea with clean tongue; nausea not relieved by vomiting.
KALI BICHROMICUM persistent cough, with very tough mucus which is lumpy or stringy; constant hawking.
Nux VOMICA dry teasing or spasmodic cough, with gagging and retching; feverish, but cannot move or uncover without feeling desperately chilly; cough causes bursting headache; WORSE cold, dry windy weather; oversensitive to least stimulus.
PHOSPHORUS dry, hard, tickling cough which racks the body and is very exhausting; the tickle is in the larynx or lower down; cough causes bursting headache; must hold chest when coughing on account of pain; tightness in chest; sense of weight or oppression in chest; WORSE any change in temperature, warm to cold or the reverse, on lying down at night, laughing, talking, eating, lying on left side; thirst for cold drinks, or iced water, which tends to be vomited when warmed in stomach.
PULSATILLA dry, teasing, persistent cough, possibly with spells of gagging and choking; aggravated by taking a breath; WORSE in warm room, in evening, when lying down, and interferes with sleep; desire for air and open windows; tearful, intolerant of heat, neither hungry nor thirsty.
RHUS TOXICODENDRON dry, teasing cough with tickle deep down in air tubes; WORSE at night, uncovering, even a hand, cold wet weather; taste of blood in mouth though no blood seen; very restless, must keep moving.
RUMEX spasmodic cough, dry or with tough, tenacious, stringy phlegm; paroxysms preceded by violent tickle in throat pit; WORSE breathing cold air, and covers mouth; hoarseness with constant desire to hawk; WORSE soon after lying down at night and on waking in a.m.; sensitive to open air. A curious feature is that, on breathing in, the inspired air feels cold.
SPONGIA noisy, rasping cough without wheezing or rattling; wakes from sleep choking, in great alarm and with violent cough; WORSE talking, singing, swallowing, lying with head low; may be tough phlegm, difficult to cough up and usually swallowed. Hot drinks afford relief, also taking food.
siloutec on 2010-11-04
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