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Prescriptions-Cough Mixtures

tubes, drugs, air-passages and ulceration

PRESCRIPTIONS-COUGH MIXTURES, will be found valuable. Cod-liver oil, if it can be taken, is very serviceable in chronic bronchitis attended with much spit. Inhalation of the vapour of drugs by one or other of the numerous spray-producers, atomizers, nebulizers, inhalers, DOW so easily obtainable, may be found useful. Menthol, thymol, creasotef camphor, carbolic acid, compound tincture of benzoin, are among the drugs used in this way. All druggists now sell one variety or other of such appliances, and also solutions of the drugs named ready for use. During an aggravation of the attack mustard poultices should be applied to the chest, or cloths sprinkled with turpentine, on the top of which hot flannel cloths are bound.

If the person can remove during winter to a temperate climate he will be greatly benefited and relieved.

It is probably advisable to add a word of warning to sufferers from this common affec tion. In their eagerness for relief they will try any remedy that promises to do good. Patent medicines are run after. Now relief to the cough can easily be had. At least prepara tions of opium will greatly subdue it, but in most cases it will be at the risk of adding to the evil by permitting the bronchial tubes to become charged with secretion that otherwise would have been expelled.

Ulceration of the larnyx, windpipe, or bron chial tubes is not a common result of ordinary inflammation. It may, however, occur in any of these situations during the progress of con sumption. The material brought up from the diseased lungs, being of a very irritating charac ter, may produce congestion at various parts of the air-passages in its upward course, and lead to a breach of surface and the formation of shallow ulcers. Tubercles may be present in the mucous lining of the bronchial tubes or other parts of the air-passages, and are also a com mon cause of ulceration, just as they tend to the formation of ulcers in the mucous lining of the bowels (p. 255). Another special cause of ulceration of the air-passages is syphilis.

Bronchiectasis (Greek, ektusis, widening) is the term applied to a condition in which the bronchial tubes are widened in some part of their course. It is a consequence most com monly of chronic bronchitis. One result likely to occur is that the widened tubes retain a considerable quantity of the matter, which is usually copious, and that it decomposes, so that the spit has an offensive smell.