Spongia Tosta

by H. C. Allen

Roasted Sponge. (Spongia.)

Spongia Tosta suited For the tubercular diathesis.

Especially adapted to diseases of children and women; light hair, lax fibre, fair complexion ( Bromium ).

Swelling and induration of glands; goitre ( Bromium ).

Awakens in fright and feels as if suffocating; as if head to breathe thru a sponge.

Every mental excitement < or increases the cough.

Worse after sleep or sleeps into < ( Lachesis ).

Sore throat, < after eating sweet things.

Thyroid gland swollen even with chin: with suffocative paroxysms at night. Goitre.

Great dryness of mucous membranes of air passages – throat, larynx, trachea, bronchi – “dry as a horn.”

Spongia Tosta Cough: dry, barking, croupy; rasping, ringing, wheezing, whistling; everything is perfectly dry, no mucous rale.

Cough: dry, sibilant, like a saw driven through a pine board; < sweets, cold drinks, smoking, lying with head low, dry cold winds; < reading, singing, talking, swallowing; > eating or drinking warm things.

Spongia Tosta Croup: anxious, wheezing, < during inspiration (< during expiration, Aconite ); < before midnight (< before morning, Hepar ).

Spongia Tosta Palpitation: violent with pain and gasping respiration; awakened suddenly after midnight with suffocation and great anxiety; valvular insufficiency; before and during menses.

Angina pectoris; contracting pain, heat, faintness, suffocation, anxiety and sweat; < after midnight.

Spermatic cord swollen, painful; testicles swollen, bruised, squeezed; after suppressed gonorrhoea or maltreated orchitis.

Spongia Tosta Relations. – Spongia follows well: after, Aconite, Hepar, in cough and croup when dryness prevails; after Spongia, Hepar, when mucus commences to rattle.

Compare: Arnica, Causticum, Iodium, Lachesis, Nux moschata, sputa loosened but must be swallowed again.