Squilla Maritama [squil]
Squilla was given in the olden times by the old school in all lung, bronchial, and kidney affections; pneumonia, asthma, scanty urine and dropsical affections.
Cough: Has a loose morning cough and a dry evening cough <(Alum.>, <Carbo-veg., Phos-ac., Sep., Stram., Puls.>, Squilla).
<Puls.> and Squil., being strong here, but Squil. has a hard cough; coughs, gags, sneezes; urine escapes and quite frequently feces; the patient coughs until he is covered with sweat; he gags and coughs and finally succeeds in raising two or three little lumps of white, tenacious mucus; it is a spasmodic cough caused by mucus in the trachea or a tickling, creeping sensation in the chest.
The loose morning cough is worse than the dry evening cough.
Patient chilly; cannot have the least draft; wants plenty of clothing and is very sensitive to cold; not so in <Puls.>. Urine is generally copious, watery, colorless.
About 11 A.M. to 12 or 1 P.M. there is the most dyspnoea from filling up of the chest with mucus; this same feeing returns during the hour, but it is from cardiac weakness. Copious, colorless urine is one of its important symptoms and resembles <Ign.>, but Squil. is not a hysterical patient like <Ign.>. Quite similar to <Can. Ign.> or <Gels.> in brain affections, but Squil.
has not many brain affections nor many febrile symptoms. <Phos.> has inflammation of the brain and when the dangerous turn comes this increase of urine is a bad sign. <Puls.> tearful, then copious urine. Squil. copious, colorless urine in diabetes; when this seems to disappear and chest symptoms appear, these troubles disappear and kidney troubles appear, these would disappear and dropsy comes up; when the urine would get copious again these dropsical symptoms would disappear and Squil. acts a long time.
There is a copious, colorless flow from the nose, more especially in the morning; the cough is similar to <Tart-emet.>.
Squil. in its internal nature is quite like <Thuja> in regard to its spurting urine and its spasmodic cough; with the escape of urine there is more or less of escape of feces of a dark brown or black fluid in frothy bubbles, very offensive, painless, involuntary.
Respiration difficult with stitches in the chest when breathing and coughing. Great dyspnoea, the child cannot drink; seizes the cup eagerly, but can drink only in sips; frequently obliged to take a deep breath which provokes a cough; shortness of breath on every exertion. Pains in the chest aggravated in the morning. Dull rheumatic pains aggravated when exercising; exercising; ameliorated while at rest. Evening dry cough with sweetish expectoration. Great heat in the body. Follows well after <Bry.>. Absolute lack of sweat is a characteristic.
Dry cough at 11 <P.M.> worse from cold water and cold air <(Rumex). Bell.> has cough at 11 <P.M.> worse from uncovering, red face, congestion in head. <Lach.> soon after going to sleep, which may be 11 <P.M.> Nasal discharge acrid, corroding, worse in the morning; violent sneezing. Stool dark brown or black.
Seldom much cough during day. Pneumonia: Stitches when inhaling, jerking pains; always right side; catarrh of the chest and threatened pneumonia after hemorrhage from the lungs.
Soreness in the chest, worse from motion. <Bry.> will often palliate and the case will go into Squilla.
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