Coryza (In Children)
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 2, Issue: 8, Jun 2009 (New Papers) - from Homeorizon.com
|Article Updated: Jul 24, 2009|
(This article is a part of Dr. Henry N. Guernsey writings,
presented by Dr. Sayeed Ahmad D. I. Hom. (London))
Coryza, snuffles, or cold in the head, is one of the earliest and most common affections of the young infant. Sometimes the first that is known of it is, that the infant’s nose is stopped up, so as to hinder its respiration while at the breast. The swelling of the mucous membrane of the nares, and especially the accumulation of the secreted mucus, not only hinder the little sufferer from breathing through its nose, as is its wont in nursing, but occasion also during its sleep the peculiar snuffling sound,--similar to snoring in adults,--which gives to this disorder its popular name. In some cases there is a considerable flow of mucus; and all the symptoms resemble those seen in the epidemic influenza of older children. Here the Euphrasia deserves attention,--in addition to the remedies commonly used,--since it will often be found to correspond in a remarkable manner with the totality of the symptoms.
In other cases there appears to be "something more than a simple inflammation of the Schneiderian membrane, since it either scretes a very tenacious mucus in extreme abundance, or becomes coated with a false membrane, which sometimes extends even to the tonsils and palate. Cases of this kind are usually associated with extreme depression of the vital powers, and have received on this account the name of Coryza Maligna. I have no doubt of their identity with diphtheria,--of which they constitute the form known as nasal diphtheria." In addition to the Kali bi., those two more recently proved remedies, Cubeba and Arum triphyllum, will be suggested to the Homœopathic practitioner, to whom the name by which the disease may be designated is of small account.
Where the coryza tends to become chronic, and to maintain itself in spite of the indicated remedies, we must look still deeper into the nature of the case, if not before. Since this very disposition to persistence evidences some constitutional taint,--either scrofulous or worse,--which had not otherwise been discoverable. Indeed, chronic coryza fully developed and established, wants only the intolerably offensive odor of the discharge to become a veritable ozæna. This latter will of course consist in an ulcerated state of the mucous membrane of the nares; and may be purely scrofulous in its origin,-- or dependent upon some more or less remote syphilitic taint in the system. The history of the case and the attendant symptoms will usually show the nature of the affection; and in his diagnosis the physician may sometimes be assisted by observing in spots the minute traces of a characteristic, copper-coloured eruption. By thus adapting his remedies to all the conditions and symptoms of the case, he may well hope, in a short space of time, to remove the primary affection of the nasal mucous membrane of the young infant, which if not thus early eradicated will presently extend itself to the adjacent mucous surfaces and become a much more formidable and intractable kind of disease.
Calcarea c. This medicine may be appropriately given after Chamomilla, when that remedy seems indicated but fails.
Carbo veg. If the coryza return in the evening.
Chamomilla. When there is a watery or mucous discharge. The child is quieted, and in fact relieved by carrying it up and down the room.
Dulcamara. The child gets worse at every cold change in the weather, or from exposure to cold air.
Kali bi. An invaluable remedy when the discharge from the nose is tough and stringy; sometimes it seems to extend to the throat and to cause chocking.
Mercurius. The nostrils are red, raw and ulcerated.
Nux v. The catarrh is worse at night, particularly towards morning, or in the morning. Through the night the nose is very dry.
Pulsatilla. Coryza much worse every evening; better every morning.
Sambucus n. The nose seems perfectly dry and completely obstructed.
Sticta p. There is a constant irritation in the nose, to blow it, -- but no discharge.
Tartar e. Obstruction of the nose, and at the same time much rattling in the bronchia.