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Categories: Diseases and their Remedies

The trachea and bronchial tubes are frequently the seat of inflammation,

especially in the spring of the year,--the symptoms of which are often

confounded with those of other pulmonary diseases. This inflammation is

frequently preceded by catarrhal affections; cough is often present for

a long time before the more acute symptoms are observed. Bronchitis

occasionally makes its appearance in an epizooetic form.

/> Symptoms.--A peculiarly anxious expression of the countenance will be

observed; respiration laborious; a husky, wheezing, painful cough; on

placing the ear to the windpipe a sonorous rale is heard; symptomatic

fever also prevails to a greater or less extent.

Treatment.--Counter-irritation should be early resorted to; strong

mustard, mixed with equal parts of spirits of hartshorn and water, and

made into a thin paste, should be applied all along the neck, over the

windpipe, and to the sides, and should be well rubbed in; or, the

tincture of cantharides, with ten drops of castor-oil to each ounce,

applied in the same manner as the former, will be found equally

effective. Give internally ten drops of Fleming's tincture of aconite

every four hours, until five or six doses have been given; after which

give one of the following powders twice a day: nitrate of potash, one

ounce; Barbadoes aloes, one ounce; Jamaica ginger, half an ounce;

pulverized-gentian root, one ounce; mix and divide into eight powders.

If necessary a pound of salts may be given.