Causes

This fever may arise from suppressed perspiration, sudden changes of temperature, external or internal injuries, exposure to heat, damp, or cold. We may generally expect a favorable termination, unless, as is often the case, when treated allopathically, it runs into some other disease, or the patient sinks from exhaustion.

Diagnosis

Violent chill, preceded by lassitude and followed by great heat, hard, full, quick pulse, dry skin, dry and slightly coated tongue; heaviness of the head, soon passing into an aching pulsative pain particularly in the forehead; red face, sparkling eyes, great thirst, dry hot breath, sometimes hurried and anxious breathing; red and scanty urine, restlessness and anxiety. The symptoms are worse in the evening, generally abating after midnight.

Treatment

The great remedy in controlling the fever is undoubtedly Aconite. It acts more directly and powerfully and certainly with far less future harm to the patient, than leeches, blood-letting and cathartics.

Dose

Put two drops or six globules in a glass half full of water and give a teaspoonful every two hours.

Should there be fullness and heat in the head, vertigo, pain in the forehead, flushed face, and sensitiveness to noise or light, red shining eyes, Belladonna should be given in alternation with the Aconite and prepared in the same manner, a dose of the first one hour, and of the other the next.

Bryonia, is particularly indicated, where there is tearing, shooting, or aching in the limbs, violent pain in the head with vertigo on rising or moving; delirium, pres-sure at the pit of the stomach, constipation: violent thirst and burning dry heat mingled with chills. We should look to it as the prominent remedy, where there is oppression, shooting pain in the chest, short cough and difficult breathing. It should be given prepared like the Aconite, every two hours, or if there be much fever, as would most likely be the case, alternate with Aconite a dose of each every two hours.