Water Brash. Pyrosis.
This consists in a discharge from the stomach, generally in the morning, of a thin, glairy, watery fluid, sometimes insipid, at other times sweetish, and at still others sour. A burning heat or pain in the stomach attends, and seems to be the immediate cause of the discharge. The discharge appears to be the natural mucus of the stomach, which is poured out in large quantities in consequence of a kind of catarrh of its mucous lining. The amount thrown up varies from a spoonful to a pint or more.
The complaint is caused by a poor, innutritious diet, or by whatever causes the blood to become thin and watery.
Treatment. Ten or fifteen drops of water of ammonia, in half a tumbler of water, will quiet the distress, and check the discharge. The most effectual remedy I am acquainted with for breaking up the discharge, is the trisnitrate of bismuth, taken at mealtimes, in from twenty to thirty grain doses, three times a day. The compound powder of Kino is a valuable remedy. The compound tincture of senna and the tincture of balsam of tolu, in equal parts, and administered in tablespoonful doses, are sometimes useful. The tincture of nux vomica is a good remedy.
To restore the blood, some of the various preparations of iron (74), (80), (73), (316), will be required.
The diet should consist of easily digested, nutritious food, as soups, broths, fresh meat, and unbolted wheat bread.
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