Dewey gives the common homeopathy remedies for the treatment of Colds And Catarrhal Affections in an easy question-answer format. …

When is Aconite indicted in commencing colds?

When the attack comes on suddenly after exposure to dry cold winds, and there is chilliness followed by fever; no discharge, nose dry and stopped up; symptoms all better in the open air.

When does Camphora suit these colds in the head?

In the first stage, where the nose is stuffed up and the febrile symptoms of Aconite are wanting, through the patient feels chilly there is depression and languor. An indicating symptoms is that the inspirited air feels cold.

When should we give Gelsemium?

There is a general malaise and a feeling as if a cold were coming on; the head is hot and full and there is chilliness and a disposition to hug the fire; colds from relaxing weather, there is a watery bland discharge from the nose and sneezing.

When is Arsenic indicated in colds?

Where there is a thin, watery discharge from the nose, which excoriates the upper lip, and in spite of this fluent discharge the nose feels stopped up; the patient is chilly discharge the nose feels stopped up; the patient is chilly and hugs the fire; there is frontal headache, photophobia and sneezing, and the sneezing does not relieve the irritation in the slightest, it is worse going in to the open air, though the burning is worse near the fire. How dies this differ from Mercurius?

The Mercurius discharge, through very excoriating is not watery, but thicker; it is a thin, mucous discharge.

How does Arsenicum differ from Phosphorus in colds?

The cold of Arsenicum always settles in the nose, while that of Phosphorus settles in the chest.

How do we differentiate Allium cepa here?

Allium cepa has excoriating nasal discharge, but here is profuse lachrymation which is bland; there is prolonged sneezing; the discharge ceases on going into the open air, but returns again when vomiting into warm room.

What are the characteristics of Sabadilla?

Influenza with violent spasmodic sneezing and lachrymation on going into the open air; burning watery discharges from the nose; eyes swollen and watery; swelling of the throat and tonsils. Hay fever. Chilly, sensitive to cold air, wants to be wrapped up;sneezes when inhaling cold air; desire shot drinks.

What other drug has a thin, watery discharges from the nose, and how is it differentiated from the foregoing?

Euphrasia, it has excoriating lachrymation and bland nasal discharge, just the opposite of Allium cepa. The cough of Euphrasia has been described as “measly.”

What are the indications of Arum triphyllum in colds?

There is a stopped up nose with a fluent, acrid discharge, which is most generally yellow, and there is much soreness of the nostrils.

Mention another drug which has stoppage of the nose with a discharge.

Lycopodium; here there is apt to be posterior dryness; discharge of yellowish green matter from nose anteriorly.

In the first stages of cold when should Ferrum phos. be given?

When the onset of a cold is less sudden than that calling for Aconite and where there is no anxiety or restlessness.

When is Nux vomica indicated in cold in the head?

In the first stage, when brought on by damp, cold weather, sitting on damp steps, etc., associated with sneezing and stuffed up feeling in. the nose. The nose is dry, very little discharge; the eyes water; there is scraping in he throat, and there is dullness and oppression in the frontal region; the symptoms are worse in the warm room and better in the open air.

How does Mercurius compare?

It is similar in the rawness and soreness in the nose, and it is worse in damp weather.

Compare also Arsenicum.

The coryza is relieved by warmth and aggravated by cold, which is the opposite of Nux vomica, and the discharge is very thin and burning.

What other drug has distress in the frontal region with excoriating a coryza, lachrymation etc.?

Kali hydriodicum; here all discharges are profuse and watery and the throat is irritated. Patient is alternately hot and cold.

Give indications for Natrum mur. in colds.

Watery discharges, which are accompanied by vesicular eruptions about the lips, mouth and nose, dryness of the posterior nares and loss of smell and taste; sneezing worse in the evening while undressing and in morning on rising.

What is the difference between Sinapis nigra and Arsenicum?

Sinapis has the heat of Arsenicum, but there is dryness in the nose and no discharge.

What are the nasal symptoms of Chamomilla?

The nose is stopped up, yet runs a watery mucus; sneezing and inability to sleep; a dry, teasing cough keeping in child awake, or else a rattling cough, as if the bronchi were full of mucus.

Give catarrhal symptoms of Mercurius.

Profuse coryza extending to the frontal sinuses, with burning in eyes and nose; the discharge is a thin mucus, not thick nor yet watery, but excoriating; worse in damp weather; ulceration with acrid discharge.

What drugs have especially watery discharges?

Allium cepa, Arsenicum, Euphrasia, Arum triphyllum,, Kali hyd. and Natrum mur.

Mention some drugs with thick discharges from the nose.

Pulsatilla,Cyclamen, Penthorum, Kali bich., and Hydrastis.

What are the symptoms calling for Pulsatilla is colds?

A ripe cold with a thick, yellow and bland discharge, no sneezing or expectoration, simply a thick, yellow muco purulent discharge which is bland.

Supposing that we have these same symptoms and in addition a great deal of sneezing, what is the remedy?


What would indicate Penthorum sedoides?

The same symptoms as Pulsatilla, but in addition a rawness in the throat and a feeling of wetness in the nose.

Give the symptoms indicating Hydrastis in Nasal Catarrh.

Watery, excoriating coryza, with burning and rawness in the nose and sensation as if a hair were in the nose, the discharge being more profuse out of doors; later a thick, yellow, tenacious discharge and a constant dropping from the posterior nares into the throat.

How does this condition differ from that found under Kali bich.?

With Kali bich, there is a tendency to deep ulceration, and the mucus is even more tenacious and stringy than under Hydrastis.

Is there any ulceration with Hydrastis?

There is, but it is a more superficial ulcerative process than that under Kali bich.

Is Spigelia ever indicated in Catarrh?

It is useful where the mucus passes off only through the posterior nares.

What are the indications for Kali bich. in Catarrh?

The chief indication is the expectation of solid chunks from the posterior nares, plugs or clinkers, so-called; in the morning lumps of green mucus are hawked from the morning lumps of green mucus and hawked from the posterior nares; the secretion is stringy and difficult to get out, there is dryness and tickling in the nose and sneezing, all worse in the open air.

Give indications for Kali carb.

Coryza, with hoarseness or loss of voice; catches cold at every exposure to fresh air; stiff neck; elongated uvula; obstructions of nose relieved in open air, but returns on entering warm room.

What is the Catarrh of Aurum?

The nostrils are sore and cracked, the discharged is fetid and there is cares of he nasal bones; especially if of a scrofulous or mercurio-syphilitic origin.

How does Nitric acid compare here?

With Nitric acid there is ulceration and splinter-like pains in the naso-pharynx, the discharge is watery and offensive and very excoriating. Hard plugs in nose, which, when detached, leave a raw surface.

What are the indications for Hepar in colds?

Advanced stage when phlegm has formed with sticking in the throat; colds which are easily re-excited from, any exposure.

What are the symptoms calling for Ammonium carb. in Catarrh?

The nose is stopped up and the patient is worse about three or four in the morning; the coryza is scalding and there is burning in the throat.

What is the Catarrh of Ammonium mur?

There is stoppage of nose nostril during the day and both at night; The coryza is scalding and the burning extends to the throat and trachea.

What are the symptoms of Bromine in Coryza?

Profuse, watery, excoriating discharge with headache and downward pressure at the root of the nose: the nose is very sore and smarts inside; ulcers form and scabs and crusts are blown out.

What are the nasal symptoms of Sambucus?

The nose is greatly stuffed up, and the child starts up as if suffocating; snuffles.

Give symptoms of Sticta.

Stuffed up nose; the secretion drying so rapidly that it cannot be discharged. Inclination to blow nose, but nothing escapes.

Give the indications for Arsenicum iodatum in Catarrhs.

Violent, acute coryza, with watery acrid discharge. soreness in the nostrils, heat and burning extending into the eyes and headache.

What are the nasal symptoms of Lachesis?

Watery discharge, worse on the left side, with a throbbing headache, which is relieved when the discharge appears.

What are the characteristic indications of Verbascum?

Catarrhs and cold accompanied by neuralgia and a hoarse, barking cough, a sort of “basso profundo.” Art also is a powerful remedy in urinary irritability. the preparation known as Mullein oil comes from the plant.

Give the symptoms of Cinnabaris in Nasal catarrh.

Pressure at the root of the nose, as if a heavy pair of spectacles were there swollen and dry throat, with swollen tonsils, a nd stringy mucus in the posterior nares, which passes into the throat.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.

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