Inflammation of the Lungs.

This disease generally commences with chilliness, followed by heat. The breath is frequent, difficult, painful and anxious, and where both lungs are inflamed, performed through the action of the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm. Pain in the chest on taking a long breath. Cough dry and deep, or quick and spontaneous, or excited by deep breathing, talking or swallowing. Expectoration tough, sticky, at first partially transparent and slimy, afterwards bloody, saffron or rust colored. The patient dislikes to talk, does not wish to be disturbed, and generally prefers lying on the back. Sometimes the face of the patient becomes very red, the head painful, the tongue parched, the skin dry and hot, accompanied with excessive thirst. The fever after a time may assume an intermittent type, disappearing in the morning and coming on in the afternoon with renewed violence. Or it may assume a typhoid form, accompanied with prostration, low muttering delirium, etc. (See Typhoid fever.) When the breathing becomes easy, the skin moist, the expectoration natural, the patient may be looked upon as in a fair way to recovery.

Causes

Sudden changes of temperature, exposure to cold, north or northeast wind, sudden cooling after violent exertion, mechanical injury, or inhalation of acrid or noxious gases.

Treatment.* - The prominent remedies are Aconite, Stibium, Bryonia and Phosphorus.

Aconite is the prominent remedy, during the chilliness and fever, especially if the pulse is quick, the pain in the chest violent and the respiration oppressed.

Dose

Two drops, or twelve globules, in a tumbler of water, a tablespoonful once in one or two hours.

Bryonia

Particularly where the difficulty has been occasioned by exposure to cold or violent muscular exertion. There is oppression and pain in the chest, aggravated by movement, with constant desire to cough. The cough is generally loose, and the expectoration white, slimy and streaked with blood, or of a brick-dust color. There is often rheumatic pain about the extremities, thirst and constipation. It is frequently indicated in alternation with Aconite.

Dose

Same as Aconite.

Belladonna will be a valuable remedy, where there is congestion of blood to the brain, delirium and danger of typhoid symptoms. Generally in alternation with Aconite, one hour apart.

Rhus

Great restlessness, anxiety and palpitation of the heart.

If no relief follows the administration of Aconite and Bryonia, and the disease passes into the second stage, Stibium, and Phosphorus should be administered, generally in alternation, one or two hours apart. The Stibium is indicated by great oppression of breathing, cough, with much mucous rattling, profuse expectoration, dry, hard cough, and sometimes nausea. Phosphorus symptoms are severe sticking pains in the chest, excited or aggravated by breathing or coughing, shortness of breath, dry cough and rust-colored expectoration. Where the attack is severe, Phosphorus is frequently required at the commencement of the disease, either alone or in alternation with Aconite or Bdladonna.

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

Dose

A powder, or six globules, may be given every two or three hours.

Should typhoid symptoms set in, which are characterized by extreme restlessness, delirium and stupor, quick and irregular breathing, thread-like pulse, rattling of mucus and prostration of strength, the disease is assuming an alarming character.

Phosphorus is here also an invaluable remedy; should there be indications of solidification of the lungs, detected by the greater difficulty of breathing, depression of the mental faculties, bland delirium, grasping at flocks, rapid prostration, feeble pulse, difficult cough, short and difficult breathing, with oppression and anguish.

Dose

A powder, or three globules, once in two or three hours.

China

Where the patient has been weakened by a loss of blood, or when there is palpitation of the heart on breathing, or coughing, stitches in the sides and chest, and great weakness.

Dose

Three drops in a tumbler of water, a tablespoonful every three or four hours.

Sulphur is beneficial in rendering the system more susceptible to the action of remedies. Where the appropriate remedies fail to produce an effect, a few doses of Sulphur may be given, returning afterward to the previous remedies.

Dose

A powder, or six globules, once in three or four hours. Veratrum. - Small, weak pulse, cold extremities; vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid prostration of strength and delirium.

Mercurius may be given if there are copious night-sweats, given every four hours.

Bry., Rhus, Rhus., Op., Bell., Phos.-ac, Lach., and Lyc. are also sometimes indicated in this stage of the disease. For particular indications, see Typhus Fever.

Pneumonia unless properly relieved, may become chronic or terminate in consumption. Mercury, Sulphur or Stannum will generally be sufficient to break up this chronic tendency. See also consumption.

Diet and Regimen as in fevers.