by H. C. Allen

Coal or Rock Oil

Petroleum Adapted to persons with light hair and skin; irritable, quarrelsome disposition ( Nux ); easily offended at trifles ( Ignatia, Medorrhinum ); vexed at everything.

Petroleum Ailments: from riding in a carriage, railroad car, or in a ship ( Cocculus indicus, Sanicula ).

Ailments which are worse before and during a thunderstorm ( Natrum carb., Phosphorus, Psorinum ).

Symptoms appear and disappear rapidly ( Belladonna, Magnesium phos. – reverse of Platina, Stannum ).

During sleep or delirium: imagines that one leg is double; that another person lies alongside of him in same bed; that there are two babies in the bed ( Val. ).

Vertigo on rising ( Bryonia ); in occiput; as if intoxicated; like seasickness ( Cocculus indicus ).

Petroleum Headache: in occiput, which is as heavy as lead; pressing, pulsating pain; as if everything in the head were alive; numb, bruised, as if made of wood.

Gastralgia: of pregnancy; with pressing, drawing pains; whenever stomach is empty; relieved by constant eating ( Anacardium, Chelidonium, Sepia ).

Petroleum Diarrhoea: yellow, watery, gushing; after cabbage, sour krout; during pregnancy, stormy weather; always in the daytime.

Painful sensitiveness of skin of whole body; all clothing is painful; slight injury suppurates ( Hepar ).

Skin of hands rough, cracked, tips of fingers rough, cracked, fissured, every winter; tenderness of the feet, which are bathed in foul-smelling sweat ( Graphites, Sanicula, Silicea ).

Herpes: of genital organs extending to perineum and thighs; itching, redness; skin cracked, rough, bleeding; dry or moist.

Heat and burning of soles of feet and palms of hands ( Sanguinaria, Sulphur ).

Sweat and moisture of external genitals, both sexes.

Painful, itching chilblains and chapped hands < in cold weather; decubitus.

Sensation of coldness about the heart ( Carbo animalis, [Kali muriaticum], Natrum mur. ).

Relations. – One of our best antidotes for lead poisoning.

The skin symptoms are worse in winter, better in summer ( Alumina ); if suppressed, causes diarrhoea.

Aggravation. – Carriage riding ( Cocculus indicus, Sanicula ); during a thunderstorm; in winter ( Alumina ).