Swelling Face & Nose

Swelling Face & Nose. Case V.-Girl, age 13. Considerable swelling of face and nose, bones of nose very sore to pressure, pain in bones of nose, unable to breathe …

Case V.-Girl, age 13. Considerable swelling of face and nose, bones of nose very sore to pressure, pain in bones of nose, unable to breathe through nose. Two other children had disease of nasal bones and fetid discharges. Father had died with suspicious symptoms. The mother could tell nothing, but the case appeared to be specific. Every question to the girl was answered by a shake of the head or “don’t know.” She was remarkably stupid. There was much sweating about the head, and from the extensive bundling up I concluded that she was chilly. There was no discharge from the nose, but the great shining tumefaction seemed to look as though pus must be forming somewhere. The nose was swelled to unsightly appearance. She got Silica 5m. May 5th, and a few days later a copious discharge of bloody pus came from the nose and for some weeks the discharge continued as a laudable pus and the child improved.

July 5th. She reported with a most offensive discharge, thin and ichorous. The bones of the nose greatly affected and very tender. The swelling had gone under Silica. She received a dose of Aurum 75m.

August 1st. No discharge and there seemed to be no trouble. No medicine.

She remained away until Oct. 15th, when she reported, discharge returned, thick, bloody and very fetid. Sometimes the blood disappears, then it is yellow, but always thick, Aurum cm. one dose.

Nov. 6th. There was no improvement. Kali bich., 45m.

Dec. 8th. There was no improvement. The discharge was very excoriating, thick and yellow. Arsenic iod, 30th, in water, one day, and Sac. lac.

Jan. 4th. Soreness all gone from nose and the discharge is thin and white, and she begins to breath through the nose, Sac. lac.

Feb. 12th. She can breathe nicely through the nose; no soreness in the bones of the nose when pressed between thumb and finger, discharge scanty and only slightly offensive, Sac. lac.

March 10th. Discharge increasing, becoming thicker and yellow, some pain in the bones of nose and a stuffed feeling. Discharge burns the lip. Child fully as stupid as ever. Arsenic iod, 45 m, one dose, dry, and Sac. lac.

April 13th. Girl seemed quite well; there were no symptoms.

Her uncle said to me some six months later that the girl had made a great change and was becoming quite bright and womanly. No nasal trouble.

The thick yellow discharge cured by Arsenic iod, is a verification of that symptom in a proving made by myself, wherein this nasal discharge was like yellow honey. I have many times cured this symptom with Arsenic iod. The proving was made with the 200th potency, and now verified with the 45 m. It may here be said that the discharge in the proving was gluey and like yellow honey. This is a very valuable characteristic of this almost unknown remedy.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.