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Breathing very difficult and slow, expiration twice as long as inspiration; abdominal muscles hard; face blue; no wheezing or whistling.
This is a peculiar form of asthma in which there is a rigid contraction of the diaphragm. The patient is troubled greatly,to expel the air from his lungs.
The same remedies recommended for ordinary asthma should be applied. The hot bath, fomentations to the chest, and ice compresses to the spine will be found particularly serviceable. In severe cases, opium or chloroform are required to relieve the spasm.