Kali Bichromicum

by H. C. Allen

Potassium Bichromate. (K2Cr2O7)

Kali Bichromicum suited forFat, light-haired persons who suffer from catarrhal, syphilitic or psoric affections.

Fat, chubby, short-necked children disposed to croup and croupy affections.

Affections of the mucous membranes – eyes, nose, mouth, throat, bronchi, gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary tracts – discharge of a tough, stringy mucus which adheres to the parts and can be drawn into long strings (compare Hyd., Lyssinum ).

Complaints occurring in hot weather.

Liability to take cold in open air.

Rheumatism alternating with gastric symptoms, one appearing in the fall and the other in the spring; rheumatism and dysentery alternate ( Abrotanum ).

Pains: in small spots, can be covered with point of finger ( Ignatia ); shift rapidly from one part to another ( Kali sulph., Lac caninum, Pulsatilla ); appear and disappear suddenly ( Belladonna, Ignatia, Magnesium phos. ).

Neuralgia every day at same hour ([China s.]).

Gastric complaints: bad effects of beer; loss of appetite; weight in pit of stomach; flatulence; < soon after eating; vomiting of ropy mucus and blood; round ulcer of stomach ([Gym.]).

Nose: pressive pain in root of nose (in forehead and root of nose, [Stict.]); discharge of plugs, “clinkers;” tough, ropy, green fluid mucus; in clear masses, and has violent pain from occiput to forehead if discharge eases.

Ulceration of septum, with bloody discharge or large flakes of hard mucus ( Alumina, Sepia, Teuc. ).

Diphtheria: pseudo-membranous deposit, firm, pearly, fibrinous, prone to extend downwards to larynx and trachea ( Lac caninum – reverse of, Bromium ).

Oedematous, bladder-like appearance of uvula; much swelling, but little redness ( Rhus ).

Cough: violent, rattling, with gagging from viscid mucus in the throat; < when undressing ( Hepar ). Croup: hoarse, metallic, with expectoration of tough mucus or fibro-elastic casts in morning on awakening; with dyspnoea, > by lying down (worse when lying down, [Aral.], Lachesis ).

Deep-eating ulcers in fauces; often syphilitic.

Headache: blurred vision or blindness precedes the attack ( Gelsemium, Lac d. ); must lie down; aversion to light and noise; sight returns as headache increases ([Iris], Nat., Lac d. ).

Prolapsus uteri, seemingly in hot weather.

Sexual desire absent in fleshy people.

Relations. – Compare: Bromium, Hepar Iodium in croupy affections.

After: Cantharis or Carbolicum acidum has removed the scrapings, in dysentery.

After: Iodium in croup, when hoarse cough, with touch membrane, general weakness and coldness are present; Calcarea in acute or chronic nasal catarrh.

Antim tart. follows well in catarrhal affections and skin diseases.

Aggravation. – Heat of summer; hot weather.

Amelioration. – Skin symptoms are better in cold weather (reverse of, Alumina and Pet. ).