Spongia has also great hoarseness. The cough is croupy in character. Everything seems perfectly dry and tight. There is difficulty in speaking, the voice is hollow and gives out when singing or talking, and the larynx is sensitive to touch ( Lachesis ). There is often burning in the larynx. Eating and drinking warm things relieves. The threeAcute form with burning and tickling in the larynx; swelling of larynx with sensation of a plug in the throat; great hoarseness with sawing respiration, especially in threatened laryngeal phthisis. Laryngitis.
Cough character – Dry, hoarse, barking, like a saw driven through a board.
Cough aggravated by – worse in evening, talking, singing, laughing, hot room or lying.
Cough ameliorated by – worse eating or drinking, especially warm things. Cough Concomitants – Great hoarseness with soreness and burning in the larynx; larynx sensitive to touch; breathing, wheezing, anxious worse inhalation, blood seems to rush to chest; dyspnoea, better bending forward, worse lying down; goiter.
Acts on apex of left lung. Acts best on blondes.
Reference to our article on croup or laryngitis will further define its sphere. It is best known in this disease where its efficacy is unquestioned, but it is also very useful in the first stage of bronchitis and pneumonia. A cardiac cough where the patient awakens suddenly out of sleep with great suffocation alarm and anxiety is often wonderfully relieved by this remedy even in incurable valvular disease, and I have several times observed the bellows sound of long standing consequent on acute inflammatory rheumatism entirely disappears after its use in the 1,000th potency (B. & T.). In laryngeal affections it ranks with Iodine, Bromine, Kali bichromicum, Causticum, Drosera and Verbascum.