INFLUENZA. See COLD.
INFLUENZA (EPIDEMIC).–This is an infectious and contagious disease, depending on blood-poisoning by a specific contagion. The symptoms are fever, pains all over the body, especially the head and eyes; foul tongue, disordered stomach and bowels, and great weakness; symptoms of cough and cold.
General Treatment.–Rest in bed, warmth, support with nourishment in a digestible form, as long as the symptoms are acute. There is a modified form of the disease which requires care, but not necessarily either rest in bed or confinement to the house.
Medicines.–(Every hour when the symptoms are urgent.)
–This is the most generally useful medicine. The indications are : Fever, soreness all over, coated tongue, dull, heavy, drowsy appearance.
–High fever, restlessness, thirst, anxiety.
–Sore throat, headache, backache.
–Rheumatic pains, patient cannot bear to move.
Mercurius sol. 6.
–When sore throat is a prominent symptom. Symptoms worse at night, heavy perspiration which gives no relief.
–When there is much coryza, thirst, low, typhoid condition and prostration. (Arsenicum, if taken two or three times a day when an epidemic is present, will generally ward off an attack).