DIPHTHERIA


Best homeopathic remedies for Diphtheria from the book Therapeutic Pointers to Some Common Diseases by E.A. Farrington…


Ailanthus [Ail]

      Indicated later, when the patient becomes drowsy and lies in a profound stupor [more profound than Baptisia]. There is a well- marked excoriating, watery discharge from the nose making the upper lip sore.

Alcohol [Alco]

      It in the form of Brandy and water, tends not only to destroy the diphtheritic growth, but also aids in counteracting the terrible prostration.

I frequently employ a gargle of Alcohol and water. This seems to remove the accumulation of phlegm in the throat.

Ammonium Causticum [Am-caust]

      Has been used as a remedy for Diphtheria, appearing in the nasal cavities, with a burning excoriating discharge from the nose and great prostration.

Amygdala Amara [Amyg-am]

      I have myself cured cases of this disease with it alone, when there were present: The dark-red color of the throat (palate,

fauces, uvula and tonsils), the sudden sharp (lancinating) pains (in the swollen tonsils) and general prostration (very great).

Antimonium Crudum [Ant-c]

      I know of one case of this disease cured by it, when the symptoms were these: The child was very cross-whining and crying, simply because he was looked at, this was esp. so on awaking from sleep; and there were crusts around the nostrils and in the corners of the mouth.

It not only removed the crusts, but also cured the Diphtheria.

Apis Mellifica [Apis]

      A magnificent remedy in Diphtheria. It is indicated when, from the very beginning the child is greatly prostrated; he is feverish and drowsy at 3 A. M., and his pulse is accelerated. At first, the throat has a varnished appearance, as though the tonsils and fauces were coated with a glossy, (bright) red varnish. The membrane forms on either tonsil, oftener on the right, than on the left and it is thick, like a wash-leather. The tongue is red and often swollen, later, there are blisters on its border. Sensation of fulness in the throat, necessitating swallowing, but making the act very difficult. Uvula hangs down like a sack of water, and in fact the whole throat is swollen and oedematous, with stinging pains. The rima glottidis is swollen, red and oedematous and the breathing is labored, owing to the narrowing of the entrance of larynx. In some of these cases, the breath is very foetid, while in others it is little or not so in the least. In some cases, a red rash appears over the body, greatly resembling Scarlatina-the characteristic of Apis. The external throat is swollen and oedematous. The skin is dry and hot and the fever runs very high, and inspite of the presence of fever, the child is often thirstless. The pulse ranges from 130 to 140 beats per minute. The patient is restless and very weak.

It has often been successfully employed in Paralysis following devitalizing affections, such as Diphtheria, etc. In all such cases, suppressed or pre-existing exanthemata constitute a leading indication for the bee-poison, and the reappearance of the skin symptoms calls for its discontinuance as long as the improvement lasts. Sulphur is a great aid here.

In Diphtheria, it is to be compared with Arsenicum, Kali Permanganicum and Nat. Arsenicum which are similar.

Arsenicum [Ars]

      In Diphtheria it comes into use as a most valuable drug and is called for in severer cases. It cures when: The throat is swollen very much, both internally and externally [Apis], with intense burning [Arsenicum Iodium, Caps., Mercurius C.] The membrane looks dark and gangrenous and is very foetic [Apis., Caps., Hyd. Ac., Kali bichromicum, Kali Per., Mercurius Cyan., Nat. Arsenicum]. OEdematous uvula. A thin excoriating discharge from the nose and the breath is foetid. The fever is adynamic, with a great deal of somnolence, which is

broken by starts, crying out and jerking of the limbs. The pulse is rapid and weak. The bowels are constipated or else there is an offensive, watery diarrhoea. The urine is scanty. The patient is restless, esp. after midnight and is greatly prostrated; he may be thirsty, drinking often and little at a time.

Arsenicum Iodatum [Ars-i]

      It is indicated, if in addition to the usual Arsenicum symptoms, there is marked enlargement of the lymphatic glands.

Arum Triphyllum [Arum-t]

      It is very similar to Nitric Acid in Diphtheria of the nose. It has like the later excoriating discharge from the nose, making the lips sore; the corners of the mouth crack, so that the child cannot open his mouth. The saliva also is acrid. The patient is restless, tosses about, bores head into the pillow or picks or bores his fingers into the nose or nervously picks at one spot till it bleeds.

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.