Synonyms.- Calcium sulfate. Calcarea sulfate. Common names.- Sulphate of calcium. Sulphate of lime. Plaster of Paris. Gypsum. Preparation.- Triturations.
Calcarea sulph. is present in the connective tissue, and, according to Schuessler, acts chiefly on this part, being thus valuable in suppurations. It is in the latter process that it is chiefly employed. It closely resembles Hepar sulph., but, according to Hering, "has a wider sphere and acts with more intensity." It is not so useful in promoting suppuration in the earlier stages, but it is better than Hepar in promoting and controlling the suppuration after the pus has found a vent and is discharging. It thus seems to occupy a sphere midway between Hepar and Silicea, though perhaps more closely resembling the former. According to biochemical data " it cures purulent discharges from the mucous membranes and purulent exudations in serous sacs, as well as tubercular ulcers or abscesses of the intestines and ulcers of the cornea, etc. The drug is certainly very useful in purulent catarrhs, an important characteristic being that all mucous discharges are yellow, thick, and lumpy. Is recommended for cystic and fibroid tumors, torpid glandular swellings and eczema. Other conditions in which it has proved curative are detailed under the symptoms as below given, most of which are purely clinical.
Head. - Scald-head of children, if there be purulent discharge, or yellow, purulent crusts.
Eyes. - Inflammation of the eyes, with discharge of thick, yellow matter. Sees only one-half an object. Cornea smoky. Ophthalmia neonatorum.
Ears. - Deafness, with discharge of matter from the middle ear, sometimes mixed with blood. Pimples around ear.
Nose. - Cold in the head, with thick, yellowish, purulent secretions, frequently tinged with blood. One-sided discharge from nose. Yellowish discharge from posterior nares. Edges of nostrils sore.
Face. - Pimples and pustules on the face. Herpes.
Mouth. - Inside of lips sore. Tongue flabby, resembling a layer of dried clay. Sour, soapy, acrid taste. Yellow coating at base.
Throat. - Last stage of ulcerated sore throat, with discharge of yellow matter. Suppurating stage of tonsillitis, when abscess is discharging.
Abdomen.- Pain in region of liver; in right side of pelvis, followed by weakness, nausea, and pain in stomach.
Stool.- Purulent diarrhoea mixed with blood. Diarrhea after maple sugar and from change of weather. Pus-like, slimy discharge from the bowels. Painful abscesses about the anus in cases of fistula.
Female Organs- Menses late, long-lasting, with headache, twitching, great weakness.
Respiratory Organs.- Cough, with purulent and sanious sputa and hectic fever. Empyema, pus forming in the lungs or pleural cavities. Purulent, sanious expectoration. Catarrh with thick, lumpy, white-yellow or pus-like secretion.
Limbs. - Burning-itching of soles of feet.
Fever. - Hectic fever, caused by formation of pus. With cough and burning in soles.
Skin. - Cuts, wounds, bruises, etc., unhealthy, discharging pus;* they do not heal rapidly (Hepar s.). Yellow, purulent crusts or discharge. Purulent exudations in or upon the skin. Skin affections with yellowish scabs. Many little matterless pimples under the hair, bleeding when scratched.
Compare.- Calend., Hepar, Kalimur., Silicea.
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