Chronic Inflammation of the Bladder. Cystirrhoea.
THIS is much more common than the active form of the disease It often arises from the same causes which produce acute inflammation of the bladder.
It often passes under the title of ,catarrh of the bladder." It is a chronic inflammation of the mucous lining of that organ, and is a very common and troublesome affection among old people.
Symptoms. Slight lancinating pains, with a feeling of heat in the region of the bladder, and a sense of weight and tenderness in the perineum; frequent and tormenting desire to pass water, with occasional spasmodic action of the bladder. The urine is loaded with tenacious mucus, just as the expectoration has large quantities of mucus in it when there is inflammation of the membrane lining the windpipe and bronchial tubes. When the water has stood a while, this mucus settles at the bottom of the vessel, leaving the fluid clear above. Great quantities of this are sometimes passed, amounting even to pints in a day. The triple phosphates of magnesia and ammonia are often found in the water.
Frequently there are derangements of the appetite and digestive functions, a white or brown fur upon the tongue, a harsh, dry skin, with thirst and general debility, especially in the back and loins. Sometimes there is a little fever.
Treatment. To reduce the inflammation apply a mustard poultice.
Urotropin in powder form, 7 grains to a dose or the tablet of 7 1/2 grain may be used as they are more readily bought, followed by a good drink of water and taken three or four times a day is the best drug to clear the urine of pus or other debris caused by inflammation of the bladder.
An injection into the bladder, once a clay, of a tepid infusion of goldenseal root, with much care, may be of great service; or an infusion of equal parts of goldenseal, witch hazel, and stramonium. It may be done with a gum elastic catheter and a small syringe.
The bowels must be kept open with the neutralizing mixture, or some other mild physic; and the skin bathed with saleratus and water once a day, and rubbed well with a coarse towel.
Should there be any scrofulous, or gouty, or rheumatic condition of the system, the remedies for those complaints may be used in addition to the above.
Milk, bread and vegetable food should be the only articles of diet allowed.
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