The Symptoms of Capillary Bronchitis

Those of acute bronchitis, to which are added great frequency and difficulty of breathing; if the patient can talk, speech is short and jerking; nostrils dilated at each breath; face swollen and congested; countenance indicating great distress; great restlessness; more frequent pulse, cough ineffectual; rattling in the chest.

This form of bronchitis most frequently occurs in children. It affects the smaller bronchial tubes, not the smallest, and is much more dangerous than the preceding on this account. In very young children it is a fatal disease, as the bronchial tubes are so small in infants that they become easily obstructed, which occasions collapse.

The Treatment of Capillary Bronchitis

The ordinary methods of treating this disease are by no means successful. The most useful recommendation found in the text-books is to avoid any weakening measures, and to endeavor to maintain the patient until nature can have time to effect a cure. In the treatment of a number of cases of this disease, we have become satisfied that much can be done to facilitate recovery if thorough and prompt measures are taken at the outset. As soon as the nature of the difficulty is discovered, the patient should be given a blanket pack so as to induce free perspiration. This will almost invariably bring marked relief to the most urgent symptoms, and it should be repeated as often as necessary-as frequently as two or three times a day if demanded by the urgency of the symptoms. This measure, together with the inhalation of steam, will often effect almost marvelous re suits. If the patient is too young to use the inhaler, the atmosphere of the room should be kept warm, not less than 75, and the atmosphere should be kept moist by boiling water in a large iron kettle on the stove, or by slaking lime. Care should also be taken to secure an abundance of fresh air.