Phosphorus Fever Symptoms

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


Characteristic – Adapted to tall, slender persons of sanguine temperament, fair skin, delicate eye lashes, fine, blonde or red hair, quick, lively perceptions and sensitive nature.

Young people, who grow too rapidly, are inclined to stoop (walk stooping, Sul.), chlorosis, anemia, old people, with morning diarrhea.

Oversensitiveness of all the senses to external impressions, light, noise, odors, touch (Ignatia, Nux vomica, Tar.).

Restless, fidgety, moves continually, cannot sit or stand still a moment (fidgety feet, Zincum met.).

Burning: in spots along the spine, between the scapulae (as of a piece of ice, Lachn.), or intense heat running up the back, of palms of hands (Lachesis), in chest and lungs, of every organ or tissue of the body (Arsenicum, Sulphur), generally in diseases of nervous system.

Pain: acute, especially in the chest, aggravated from pressure, even slight, in intercostal spaces, and lying on left side, excited by slightest chill, open air intolerable.

A weak, empty, – gone sensation in head, chest, stomach and entire abdomen.

Apathetic, unwilling to talk, answers slowly, moves sluggishly.

Weary of life, full of gloomy forebodings.

Nervous debility, trembling, desires to be magnetized.

Weakness and prostration, of whole body, weariness, from loss of vital fluids.

A weak, empty, all – gone sensation in head, chest, stomach and entire abdomen.

Longs for: cold food and drink, juicy, refreshing things, ice cream ameliorated gastric pains.

As soon as water becomes warm in stomach it is thrown up.

Constipation, feces slender, long, dry, tough and hard like a dog’s, voided with difficulty (Causticum, Prunus, Staphysagria).

Diarrhea: as soon as anything enters the rectum, profuse, pouring away as from a hydrant, watery with sago – like particles, sensation of the anus remaining open (Apis, Secale), involuntary, during cholera time.

During pregnancy: unable to drink water, sight of it causes vomiting, must close her eyes while bathing (Lyssinum).

Hemorrhagic diathesis, slight wounds bleed profusely (Kreosotum, Lachesis).

Hemorrhage: frequent and profuse, pouring out freely and then ceasing for a time, hemoptysis, metrorrhagia, cancer, vicarious, from nose, stomach, anus, urethra in amenorrhea.

Cannot talk, the larynx is so painful, cough, going from warm to cold air (rev. of Bryonia), laughing, talking, reading, eating, lying on left side (Drosera, Stannum).

Acts more beneficially when patients suffer from chronic diarrhea.

Relations – Complementary: Arsenic, with which it is also in isomorphic relation.

Incompatible: with Causticum, must not be used before or after.

Follows well: after Cinchona or Calcarea.

Hahnemann says: “Acts more beneficial when patient suffers from chronic loose stool or diarrhea.” Aggravation: Evening before midnight (Pulsatilla, Rhus), when alone, lying on left or painful side, from light, during a thunderstorm, change of weather, either hot or cold, eating something warm.

Amelioration: In the dark, lying on right side, after sleep, eating something cold, rubbing, or being mesmerized.

Cold air relieves the head and face symptoms, but aggravates those of the chest, throat and neck.

Type: Quotidian. Typhoid, typhus, yellow.

Time: 1, 6, 5 to 6, 7 p.m. Afternoon and evening. Same hour every day.

Chill: Without thirst. Towards evening, not ameliorated by heat of stove (Meny., Nux.). Chill at 1, lasting till 5 p.m. Chilliness over whole trunk, as if in cold water, not relieved by external covering (Nux). Chilliness in the evening on falling asleep, from 6 p.m. till midnight, falling asleep from weakness. Chilliness every evening, with shivering, with aversion to uncovering. Violent shaking chill at night, with diarrhea, followed by heat and perspiration. Chill alternating with heat (Arsenicum)., veins of hands swollen, yawning, goose – flesh. Chill descends, heat ascends, the back (Verbascum). Coldness in the knees at night in bed (Carbo vegetabilis). Coldness of limbs, icy coldness of the hands and feet, even in bed.

Heat: With thirst. Violent chill, he could not get warm at 5 to 6 p.m., followed by heat and internal chilliness, then heat and perspiration all night. Heat at night, beginning in stomach, faint and hungry, then chill followed by internal heat, especially in the hands, the cold continuing externally. Heat and sweat at night, with ravenous hunger, that could not be appeased (hunger in every stage, Cina. hunger after paroxysm, Eup. hunger before chill, Cinchona ). Hot flushes over whole body, beginning in the hands, both afternoon and evening, cold externally. Urine turbid, whitish, brick dust sediment.

Sweat: Profuse over whole body and on slight exertion. Morning sweat, most profuse during sleep (Cinchona). Profuse exhausting morning sweat, sometimes clammy. Sweat on head, hands, feet, fore part of body, alternating with chilliness, urine turbid and milky. Perspiration has the odor of sulphur.

Tongue: Coated with a thick fur, white or brown, dark center and red edges, or coated only in the middle.

Hunger, must eat during chill and heat, before he can get up, feels faint, wants cold food, ice water, ice cream. Regurgitation of food, in mouthfuls, with nausea. Food scarcely swallowed, comes up again.

“Intermittent fever, heat and perspiration at night, with faintness and ravenous hunger, which could not be satisfied by eating, afterwards chilliness, with chattering of teeth and external coldness, chilliness succeeded by internal heat, especially in hands, the external coldness continues.” – Lippe.

Apt to become remittent or typhoid, or remittent fever takes on after a time – or after a partial or complete suppression – an intermittent type, usually the quotidian.

Analysis: Chill, chilliness every evening, with icy coldness of extremities.

Heat, and sweat at night, with ravenous hunger.

Sweat, profuse, over whole body and on slight exertion.

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.