Arsenicum. Many symptoms of this remedy correspond
to hay fever ; it has a thin watery discharge from the nose
which excoriates the upper lip, but still the nose is stuffed
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up. There is much sneezing from irritation in the nose but
not a particle of relief therefrom ; the coryza is worse after
midnight or from a change of weather.
Arsenicum iodatum is mentioned by Hale as a prophylactic
and the nearest specific. Malarial cachexia, glandular en-
largements, burning in the nose and throat, excessive sneez-
ing and fluent coryza with a thin acrid discharge are its in-
Dr. Blackley highly lauds this remedy in the asthmatic
breathing of hay fever, using the 3X or 4X potencies.
Sinapis nigra has been used successfully in hay fever ; the
membrane of the nose is hot and dry, no discharge, worse
afternoon and evening.
Chininum arsenicosum has also been highly praised in hay
fever ; the 2x trituration is recommended.
Sabadilla. Of great use in hay fever with watery discharge,
profuse coryza and frontal pains. There is spasmodic and
continual sneezing with only slight catarrhal discharge. It
will often cut short an attack, but it will not always cure
permanently as it is not deep acting enough. It should be
used to this end in the higher potencies.
Aralia racemosa has been recommended, but on somewhat
insufficient testimony, likewise Benzoic acid.
Kali iodatum. Sneezing, “crying colds;” the sneezing
is incessant, the lachrymation is profuse and the coryza is
Ipecac. Sometimes useful in the sneezing stage but more
frequently in the asthmatic stage where the chest symptoms
Naphthalin. Lippencott claims this remedy to be appli-
cable to more cases of hay fever, and that better results are ob-
tained from it than from any other drug, and he claims also
prophylactic power from its use in the 3X or 2x triturations.
A large number of observers bear out this idea. Dr. Laird,
of Utica, N. Y., says : ” It almost never fails.” Its indica-
tions seem to be excoriating lachrymation and coryza, swell-
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ing of eyelids and nose ; it is more pronounced in its action
on the left side, and especially is it useful in those experienc-
ing asthmatic symptoms.
Sanguinaria has frequent sneezing and is worse on the
right side ; it suits periodic coryzas.
Sanguinaria nitrate is also valuable and by some is con-
sidered first on the list
Natrum muriaticum. Hay fever from suppressed inter-
mi ttents ; craving for salt may be an indicating symptom.
Ranunculus bulbosus. Among the less frequently used
remedies is Ranunculus^ it has smarting in the eyes, pressure
at the root, with tingling and crawling within its cavity,
hoarseness and muscular soreness.
Silicea has itching and tingling in the nose and posteriorly
at orifice of Eustachian tubes, with violent sneezing and ex-
coriating discharge, also Rosa Damascena.
Arum triphyllum. Hay fever with terrific pain over root
of nose, nose and throat raw with frequent sneezing.
Mercurius protoiodide is very often suitable to the condi-
tions that predispose to hay fever.
Psorinum 30, says Clarke, will cure a large number of cases
where there is great sensitiveness to cold.