Chronic Inflammation of the Kidneys.
THIS is frequently the result of the acute form of the disease, but is also produced by injuries and other causes.
Symptoms. A weakness in the small of the back, and a dull, heavy pain in the kidneys. The urine is passed often and in small quantities. It is alkaline sometimes white and milky and has in it deposits of phosphate of lime, and triple phosphates.
Treatment. Infusions of pipsissewa, uva ursi, trailing arbutus, wild carrot, queen of the meadow, buchu leaves, or foxglove are useful diuretics, and may be taken with advantage.
The bowels must be kept open with some gentle physic (18), if they are costive; and the alkaline sponge bath, with friction, be used daily.
An eruption may be brought out upon the small of the back by rubbing on a few drops of croton oil; or, if the patient prefer it, a mustard poultice may be applied two or three times a week.
The food should be nutritious, and easily digested, and a little exercise be taken daily in the open air.
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