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 ).