It is the best remedy we have for the beginning of the Measles. It is called for when there are : High fever. Redness of the conjunctiva and photophobia. Coryza, sneezing and dry barking cough. Restlessness. Itching and burning of the skin. Rough and miliary rash.
It precedes Pulsatilla and may be relied upon as long as the fever lasts.
Antimonium Tartaricum [Ant-t]
It is indicated in desperate cases and is particularly called for when the eruption does not come out properly or has been repelled; it will frequently restore the eruption and save the child. The symptoms indicating it are : The head is confused, with warmth of th forehead, a confused feeling and drowsiness, (<) in the forenoon; headache, (>) by bathing; and vertigo, which seems to alternate with drowsiness. Rattling breathing; great difficulty in breathing The face is bluish or purple. The child becomes more and more drowsy and twitches.
It also suits the eye symptoms.
It is more likely to the remedy, when the skin is moist with the fever.
It should be remembered in Measles. It is indicated principally by the tardy appearance of the rash. The accompaniments are : Hard, dry cough; the efforts at coughing causes tearing pain, which makes the child to double up; little or no expectoration. The eyes are inflamed.
It is also indicated when the eruption suddenly disappear, and cerebral symptoms with drowsiness appear. The face is pale and twitchings of the muscles of the face, eyes and mouth. The child symptoms, some inflammatory disease of the chest, such as Bronchitis, or, even pneumonia intervenes.
Carbo Veg [Carb-v]
It is indicated in Otorrhoea which comes as a sequel to the disease.
It is esp. indicated when Capillary bronchitis follows Measles.
It is indicated when the rash had been suppressed [Stramonium], particularly when repercussed, with violent cerebral symptoms. It is characterized by the violence of its symptoms. The symptoms indicating it are : Crying out in a frightened manner, as soon as the child falls asleep [Stramonium]. Delirium, violent [Belladonna]; loquacious, on awaking from sleep [Stramonium]; on becoming conscious it appears to be frightened. Violent convulsive symptoms, esp. those of flexor muscles; abnormal movements, decidedly angular; with blueness of the face and lips, rotating eye-balls, frothing at the mouth, grinding of the teeth; followed by deep sleep. Agg. of symptoms on arousing from sleep [Stramonium].
It should be used in the beginning, when the (high) fever is prominent [Aconite] and we have watery discharge from nose (excoriating the alae nasi and the upper lip) which is apt to be associated with hard, barking, croupy cough and hoarseness. Its eruptions consist of small pimples. Its distinguishing symptoms are, it has more drowsiness than Aconite and desire to remain quiet. It is followed by Pulsatilla
Kali Bichromicum [Kali-bi]
It is particularly indicated after Pulsatilla, which is suited for milder symptoms, while Kali bichromicum for the more severe. In a general way it resembles Pulsatilla, only it is much worse. It is one of the best remedies we have, when Measles is associated with the following symptoms: Formation of vesicles or pustules on or about the cornea; Meibomian glands or other structures of the eye-lids ulcerate, so that the eye-lids agglutinate, with more or less purulent discharges. Discharge from the ears, of offensive pus; violent stitching pains in the ears, which extend to the roof of the mouth and to the parotid glands on the affected side; swelling of the glands, with sharp pains shooting from the ears into the glands; catarrhal deafness; the external auditory meatus greatly swollen. The throat is swollen and pains go from throat into the ears. The salivary glands are swollen. Diarrhoea, with slight tenesmus.
Kali Carb [Kali-c]
It is particularly useful for Broncho-Pneumonia or pneumonia supervening after Measles [Ant.Tart.]
Note of warning: You should here compare it carefully with Antimonium Tartaricum and try to determine which one suits the case better-one cannot be the remedy, when the other is indicated.
It is preferably indicated when the nervous system seems to have sustained a sudden shock or blow and there is prostration, which is very sudden in its onset.
It is indicated, when the catarrhal symptoms are prominent, and there are: Coryza and profuse lachrymation. The cough is usually dry at night and loose in the day-time; the child sits up in bed to cough. Mild fever. The eruption may come out to its extent or it may have a dusky appearance. There may be earache, Otitis Media or Diarrhoea, as its complication.
It is invaluable remedy in Ophthalmia, after Measles, with bland yellow or yellowish-green mucous discharge.
It follows Aconite and Gels, and is followed by Kali Bich
Note of warning: It is not remedy, if there is any high fever. So, do not give it in beginning, when the fever is high; in that case you should begin the case either with Aconite or Gelsemium, as indicated by the symptoms.
The following is a case for Stramonium: There is hyperpyrexia, with marked coldness of the extremities. The rash does not come out properly. The child is hot; its face is bright-red; it tosses about, crying out in a frightened manner, as soon as it falls asleep [Cuprum, Zincum met.]; it knows no one; its movements, though convulsive, are not jerking and angular. Agg. on arousing from sleep [Cuprum].
It is an invaluable drug when the child is nervously too weak and has not sufficient strength to develop the eruption, which remains undeveloped. The child cries out in sleep, and awakens from sleep terrified [Stramonium] Great debility.