Causticum Fever Symptoms

Allen gives the therapeutic indications of the remedy Causticum in different kinds of fevers like: Continued, Bilious, Intermittent, Malarial, Remittent, Pernicious, Typhoid, Typhus, Septic fever, etc…


Characteristic – Adapted to persons with dark hair, rigid fiber, weakly, scrofulous persons, with excessively yellow, sallow complexion, subject to affections of respiratory and urinary tracts.

Children with dark hair and eyes, delicate, sensitive skin, prone to intertrigo during dentition (Lycopodium), or convulsions with eruption of teeth (Stannum).

Ailments: from long- lasting grief and sorrow (Phosphorusac.), from loss of sleep, night watching (Cocculus indicus, Ignatia), sudden emotions, fear, fright, joy (Cof., Gelsemium), anger or suppressed eruptions.

Soreness or rawness: of scalp, throat, respiratory tract, rectum, anus, vagina, uterus.

Melancholy, sad, hopeless, looks on the dark side of everything, with weeping, “the least thing makes the child cry.”

Children slow in learning to walk (Calcareap.).

Unsteady walking and easy falling of little children.

Menses: too early, too feeble, flow only or chiefly during the day, cease on lying down.

Constipation, frequent, ineffectual efforts, stool passes better when standing, impeded by hemorrhoids, tough, shining.

Urination, involuntary, when coughing, sneezing, blowing the nose (Pulsatilla, Squil., Verbascum), nocturnal, during first sleep (Sepia, Tuberculinum).

Cough: with inability to raise the sputa, must be swallowed, ameliorated by a swallow of cold water, on expiration, after pertussis.

At night, cannot get an easy position, nor lie still a moment.

Cannot cover too warmly, but warmth does not relieve.

Cicatrices, especially burns and scalds freshen up, become sore again, patients say “they have never been well since that burn.”

Whatever part she grasps, burns.

Paralysis of single parts, vocal organs, tongue, eyelids, face, extremities, bladder, generally of right side, onset gradual.

Disturbed functional activity of brain and spinal nerves, resulting in paralysis.

Intense sympathy for sufferings of others.

Rheumatic affections, with contraction of the flexors and stiffness of the joints, tension and shortening of muscles (Am.m., Cimex, Guaiac., Nat.).

Rawness or soreness: of scalp, throat, respiratory tract, rectum, anus, urethra, vagina, uterus (as if bruised, Arnica, as if sprained, Rhus).

Warts: large, jagged, often pedunculated, bleeding easily, exuding moisture, small, all over the body, on eyelids, face, on the nose.

Patient improves for a time then comes to a “stand – still.”

Relations – Complementary: Carbo vegetabilis, Petros.

Incompatible: Phosphorus Must not be used before or after Phosphorus, always disagrees, the acids, Coffea.

Aggravation: In clear, fine weather, coming from the air into a warm room (Bryonia), cold air, draught of cold air, on becoming cold, getting wet, from bathing.

Amelioration: In damp, wet weather, warmth, warm air.

Type: Not characteristic. Left – sided (Carbo vegetabilis)

Time: 4 p.m. or midnight, with sweat at 4 A.M.

Fever without chill, 6 to 8 p.m.

Chill, without thirst, lessened in bed and by drinking ( Graphites – increased by drinking, Caps. ). Chilliness and coldness of the whole left side (Carbo vegetabilis), of diseased parts. Shivering, beginning in the face, thence extending over the body. Internal chill, followed by perspiration without intervening heat. (See Caps., Cimex. ) At 4 p.m.: first, chilliness, with creeping in the legs up into the back, with weariness, lasting three hours, followed by sweat without heat or thirst (without heat or sweat, Bovista ). Shaking chill over the whole body, shivering chill over the whole body, without thirst or subsequent heat. He is always either chilly or in a sweat. Shivering from the face, over the chest or along the back, down to the knees. Shivering and coldness of single parts, as arm, forearm, thigh, leg, abdomen, back (rest of body normal), without heat or sweat. Sensation of cold water in a small stream running across the body, of cold wind blowing upon spine between the shoulder – blades. Takes cold easily (Baryta, Calcarea). Very sensitive to cold air, or to a draft (Camph., Cantharis), cold feet. Chill passes downward.

Flushes of heat, followed by chill.

Heat: Without thirst, occurring toward morning or at night, not a clearly defined hot stage, but mixed, not alternating, with chilliness. Heat of head and face, warmth and redness of face and heat in face and eyes after eating. Heat from 6 to 8 p.m., which is not preceded by chill or shivering – heat descending – and appears to be a secondary paroxysm of fever.

Sweat: Without thirst. Immediately after the chill, without intervening heat (Ant.t.). Profuse sweat when walking in the open air, from motion ( Bryonia – relieved by motion, Caps. ), during the day when sleeping. sour smelling night sweat all over (Hepar). Viscid sweat of strong urinous odor. Moisture over whole body, without heat or thirst, with yawning and stretching. Awoke at 4 A.M., with profuse sweat all over the body – without thirst – which continued 24 hours. Heaviness and roaring in the head.

“Chill predominates, much more marked than the other stages, and left – sided, followed by perspiration and later by heat, all occurring towards and during the evening.” – T.D. Stowe.

Tongue: Not coated, dry, with painful burning vesicles on sides and tip of tongue, or coated white on both sides, red in the middle.

Desire for smoked meat, for beer. Aversion to sweet things, which disagree.

Apyrexia: Not marked, except by previously existing symptoms, upon which the force of the chill is frequently expended. Previously diseased organs or parts are prone to become painful during, or the pain is renewed, after the paroxysm.

Analysis – Chronic cases with constitutional cachexia. One of the few remedies where sweat follows chill without intervening heat.

Left – sided chill, most pronounced of any remedy, and a “guiding” symptom of Causticum.

Chill without thirst ameliorated in bed and by drinking.

No thirst in heat or sweat.

Flushes of heat followed by chill.

Morning sweat is characteristic.

H. C. Allen
Dr. Henry C. Allen, M. D. - Born in Middlesex county, Ont., Oct. 2, 1836. He was Professor of Materia Medica and the Institutes of Medicine and Dean of the faculty of Hahnemann Medical College. He served as editor and publisher of the Medical Advance. He also authored Keynotes of Leading Remedies, Materia Medica of the Nosodes, Therapeutics of Fevers and Therapeutics of Intermittent Fever.