Skunk (MEPHITIS) – A great medicine for whooping-cough. In order to insure its full success, it should be given in the lower dilutions from 1x to 3x. Suffocative feeling, asthmatic paroxysms, spasmodic cough; cough so violent, seems as if each spell would terminate life.
Child must be raised up, gets blue in face, cannot exhale, Mucous rales through upper part of chest. Patient wants to bathe in ice-cold water.
Mind.–Excited, full of fancies. Can neither sleep nor work.
Eyes.–Pain from overexertion; blur; unable to distinguish letters; conjunctiva red; eyes hot and painful.
Mouth.–Painful jerks in root of teeth. Bloated face. Coppery taste, as after eating onions.
Respiratory.–Sudden contraction of glottis, when drinking or talking. Food goes down wrong way. False croup; cannot exhale. Spasmodic and whooping-cough. Few paroxysms in day-time, but many at night; with vomiting after eating. Asthma, as if inhaling sulphur; cough from talking; hollow, deep, with rawness, hoarseness, and pains through chest. Violent spasmodic cough; worse at night.
Sleep.–Awakes at night with rush of blood to lower legs. Vivid dream of water, fire, etc.
Relationship.–Compare: Dros; Coral; Sticta.
Dose.–First to third potency. Has a very short action.
Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901) William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.