Diagnosis

The difficulty may commence with shivering, and feverish sensation, and is accompanied with pain in the head, particularly over the eyes and about the root of the nose, obstruction of, or running at the nose, watering of the eyes, sometimes with pain and redness. If these symptoms are not checked, the irritation may travel downward to the larynx and lungs, giving rise to other varieties of influenzas and colds, most of which commence in this way.

Treatment

If taken promptly, a few doses of Camphor will generally alone be sufficient to produce a cure. Two drops may be mixed with four tablespoonfuls of water, and one spoonful taken every hour. Next to Camphor, Arsenic is the prominent remedy. It is indicated by obstruction of the nose, accompanied by, or in alternation with, profuse watery discharge, sometimes with burning in the nose and excoriation of the adjacent parts.

* For general directions as to the administration of remedies, see page 12.

Dose

A powder, or six globules, every two or four hours, according to the severity of the symptoms.

Mercury is of great value, where is frequent sneezing, profuse watery discharge, swelling, redness, and excoriation of the nose, itching or aching pain, on pressing the nose; pain in the limbs, restlessness, shivering, or feverish heat and thirst. Frequently indicated in alternation with Nux.

Dose

Same as Arsenic.

Nux-v. is indicated, where there is dryness with obstruction of the nose, headache with heaviness in the forehead, or shooting, tearing pains; running of the nose in the morning, with dryness in the evening or night; constipation and sensation of weariness.

Dose

Same as Arsenic.

Hep

s. - Particularly if Mercury has not produced relief, or the patient has before been drugged with calomel; also where cold air renews the difficulty, causing headache; or the cold only attacks one nostril, and the headache is made worse by movement.

Dose

Same as Arsenic

Pulsatilla

Loss of appetite, taste and smell; secretion of thick and offensive mucus; sneezing; heaviness and confusion of the head, particularly in the evening, in the warmth of the room, with obstruction of the nose; better in the open air.

Dose

Two drops, or twelve globules, in a tumbler of water a tablespoonful once in four or six hours.

Chamomilla

Particularly useful in children, either alone or in alternation with Belladonna or Pulsatilla. After suppressed perspiration; heaviness of the head with stupor; shivering with heat; acrid and smarting mucus in the nose.

Dose

Same as Pulsatilla.

Sulphur

Obstruction and dryness of the nose, or profuse secretion of thick, yellowish and puriform mucus; sneezing, loss of smell, etc.

Dose

A powder, or six globules, every six hours.

Euphrasia is useful where the eyes are red and watery.

Dose

Same as Pulsatilla.

Belladonna

Redness and burning in the nose; pain in the head, aggravated by movement; give same as Pulsatilla.

Administration

Where persons are constantly liable to this affection on the slightest exposure, it can often be prevented by bathing the head and neck every day in cold water.

If the discharge from the nose should suddenly stop and be attended with headache, Aconite, three or four doses, given at intervals of three hours, followed, if necessary, by Pulsatilla, will produce relief.

Should difficulty of breathing be developed, Bryonia and Ipecac. in alternation, three hours apart, may be given, followed by Arsenic, if no relief is obtained after two doses of each have been taken.