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Pure glacial Acetic acid.

Preparation. - Dilations to the 3x are prepared with distilled water ; after that Alcohol is used.


Acts especially upon mucous surfaces, producing irritation, inflammation, and excessive secretion. It "produces directly gastro-enteritis and also (in one case at least) membranous laryngo-tracheitis. Its remote effects are a profound anaemia, with diarrhoea, night sweats, feeble pulse, emaciation and cough'' - T. F. Allen. Applied to the skin it acts as a stimulant and astringent, and also possesses escharotic properties.


Mind.- Irritable (Bry., Cham., Nux v.); nervous; anxious.

Head. - Heaviness. Dull pain in forehead and vertex.

Eyes. - Sunken, surrounded by dark circles. Lachrymation (Acon., Cepa., Euphr.).

Face. - Anxious, wild expression of countenance, cheeks hot, flushed (Acon., Bell.), and perspiring. oLeffc cheek very red during fever. Pale, waxen, emaciated.

Mouth. - Salivation (Cinch., Iod., Merc, Nit. ac.). Tongue pale and flabby; dry and cold.

Stomach. - Intense thirst. Nausea and frequent vomiting (Ars., Ipec, Ant. tart.); after eating. Hot eructations. Contents of stomach feel as if in a ferment ; violent burning pain in stomach and in chest, followed by coldness of the skin and cold sweat on forehead. Epigastrium painful to pressure.

Abdomen. - Distension of the abdomen; colicky pains; burning.

Stool.- Diarrhoea, with swelling of legs and feet (phthisical subjects). Watery diarrhoea. Diarrhoea with colic pains and tenderness of the abdomen. Hemorrhage from the bowels (Ars., Ham., Nit. ac).

Urinary Organs.- Urine increased in quantity, light colored (Phos. ac).

Female Organs.- oMetrorrhagia. Milk impoverished, bluish, transparent, strong, sour taste and odor ; deficient incaseine and butter.

Respiratory Organs.- Hoarseness with laryngeal irritation (Hep. s., Kali carb., Spong.). Lining membrane of larynx and trachea covered with a fibrinous exudation as in true croup (Brom., Kali bi.). Hissing, rattling in the throat. Cough dry, then moist with fever; dyspnoea, emaciation, oedema and diarrhoea. Respiration difficult, feeble, hurried.

Limbs.- Oedematous swelling of the feet and legs (Ars., Apis).

Generalities.- Convulsions, with insensibility. Attacks of faintness. Great debility (Cinch., Sulph.). General trembling. Great emaciation (Ars., Ferr., Iod., Graph., Natr. mur., Phos.). Skin pale and waxen. Desquamation. General anasarca and dropsical affections (Ars.).

Fever. - Skin cold (Camph.). Slow fever with night sweats (Sulph.). Hectic fever with emaciation, diarrhoea, night sweats, dyspnoea, and swelling of lower extremities. Profuse perspiration (Cinch.).

Antidotes. - To large doses: fluid magnesia; lime water. Tabac, Acon., Natr. mur., Sep.

Acetic Acid Antidotes. -All anaesthetic vapors; Acon., Asar., Coff., Hep. s., Ign., Op., Stram., Tabac, Alcohol.


Anasarca, ascites and dropsical affections in general, when the skin looks white and waxen, like alabaster, and when considerable gastric disturbance is present. General anaemia; anaemia of nursing women when the milk is impoverished and the child does not thrive.  Hectic fever.  Typhoid.  Dyspepsia. Diarrhoea. Membranous croup. Haemorrhages from the nose, lungs, stomach, bowels and uterus. Burns and scalds ; stings of insects; naevi; warts; corns.

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