§ 180. Glossitis, Inflammation of the tongue.

Glossitis is an excessively painful disease. It appears suddenly and runs a very rapid course. It is attended with great anguish. The tongue is swollen, dark-red, rather hard, painful, attended with heat and pain, particularly on moving the tongue, great difficulty of deglutition, or even inability to swallow, with danger of suffocation. The swollen tongue sometimes fills the whole mouth. Accessory symptoms are: red and bloated or pale face, headache, fever, bad taste, constant hawking and coughing.

Glossitis may be occasioned by colds, suppression of bloody discharges or sweat, diseases of adjoining organs, rheumatism, catarrh, angina faucium, ulcers in the mouth, aphthae, salivation, syphilitic ulcers, mechanical injuries by burns, poisons, penetration of foreign bodies, contusions, bites, etc.

With proper homoeopathic treatment this inflammation is easily dispersed, sometimes in a few hours. In one case I saw partial induration remaining, in consequence of friction against a point inserted between two teeth; this having been removed, the induration soon subsided, with proper medicines.

§ 181. Although this species of inflammation is frequently attended with synochal fever, yet Aconite will be seldom found sufficient to remove the local inflammation. The specific remedy for glossitis is Mercurius, lower trituration.

If glossitis should depend upon inflammation of the adjoining parts, Mercurius will sometimes be found useful, although Belladonna is more frequently indicated. If it should be occasioned by aphthae, Acid. sulph., Sulph., Arsenicum, Borax, Bellad. and Mercurius, will prove useful. If depending upon ulcers in the buccal cavity, it is important to ascertain the nature of those ulcers, in order to be able to determine whether one of the aforesaid remedies, or Acid, nitr., Hep. sulph., Dalc, Sulph., Nux v., Aurum, or some other remedy, is to be used. Glossitis arising from contusion, points to Conium.

For subsequent induration, I have used Conium, Mercur., Acid nitr., Bellad., Arsen.; Lycop., Silic. and Carb. an. are likewise useful.