Parotitis. Perhaps this is as appropriate a place as any to introduce this oftentimes troublesome and painful, though seldom dangerous disease. It consists in an inflammation of the large gland lying under and in front of the ears. It more frequently occurs in children and seldom attacks a person but once.

Treatment.* - In its simple form it requires but little treatment, except placing a handkerchief around the neck, and keeping the patient in the house.

Mercury in most cases will be found a specific. A powder, or three globules, may be taken two or three times a day. If the tumor should suddenly disappear, and sharp pain be felt in the brain, with lethargy and delirium, Belladonna should be given every hour, followed after three or four doses, if necessary, by Hyosciannus.

Dose

Two drops, or twelve globules, in a tumbler of water, a tablespoonful at a dose ; given as directed above.

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

Should the swelling assume an erysipelatous character, attended with considerable restlessness and fever, Belladonna and Rhus may be alternated two or three hours apart. If there should be a metastasis to the stomach, or if the voice should become hoarse, Carb.-vog. may be given, in the same manner as Belladonna, also if there is slow fever and the tumor begins to harden, Mercury having proved insufficient. If there is a metastasis to the testicles, as is often the case, the testicles swelling and becoming excessively painful, Pulsatilla, Nux-v., or Mercury are the appropriate remedies, given at intervals of from two to four hours, according to the severity of the symptoms.

Diet And Regimen

The patient should be confined to fruit and light farinaceous articles of diet, avoiding all animal food and stimulating drinks.