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.