Hay Asthma. Hay Fever.
THIS is a very troublesome complaint, which seems to combine the peculiarities both of asthma and of influenza. Fortunately, it attacks but few persons, and those only at particular seasons of the year, namely, while hay is in blossom, ancl during hay making.
Symptoms. These are a combination of the symptoms of the two diseases above named. There is great irritation of the eyes, with sneezing, and a free discharge from the nose. There is tightness across the chest, difficulty of breathing, and a pricking sensation in the throat. , These symptoms often appear in great severity, making the complaint a really distressing one.
Cause. This disorder appears to have but one cause, namely, some sort of emanations from the grasses, flowers, etc., while in blossom; which emanations come in contact with the mucous lining of the eyes, nose, and throat, producing very great and teasing irritation.
Treatment. One of the best remedies for this troublesome complaint is to avoid the cause, by removing, during the flowering and haying season, to some large city, or, still better, close down to the seashore, where flowers and hay do not grow.
Of medicines, the tincture of lobelia, taken in moderate doses, is a very good remedy. Quinine and iron, given in combination (75), are valuable preparations. Strychnine and nux vomica, in connection with iron or otherwise (316), (83), (84), (85), (86), (95), are very useful. Iodide of potassium (101), (138), (140), is also worth a trial. Another very good remedy is the chloride of lime, or the chloride of soda, placed in saucers about the sleeping room. Pieces of cotton cloth may also be dipped in one of these solutions, and hung about the apartments of the house. The hands and face may likewise be washed, once or twice a day, in a weak solution.
The oxide of zinc and the extract of nux vomica, made into pills, two grain.% of the zinc to half a grain of the extract to each pill, and one pill taken morning and evening, should not be forgotten.
Of late cocaine, painted by means of a camel's hair brush on the mucous membrane of the nose, has been used to check a paroxyism and mitigate the disease.
The following formula is the most efficacious of this class of remedies and should be painted onto the nasal mucous membrane as high up as possible; its use may be repeated several times till the membrane becomes numb.
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