Many diseases of the respiratory systems are part of the overall picture of specific diseases. Here we deal with respiratory ailments developing in the absence of such diseases.
Rhinitis is the name given given to inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane and occurs only rarely as a separate entity. It is more often an accompaniment to specific disease.
The inflammation process is usually started by some irritant factor, but secondary infection soon sets in which changes the character of the discharge. Staphylococcal organisms are usually implied.
Nasal discharge is a constant sign. This starts as a serous and thin, becoming in stages mucous and finally mucopurilent. Streaks of blood may be present. The discharge may be acridin which case excoriation of the nostrils will be seen, and whenpersistent muco-purulent discharges are present they impede breathing because they obstruct the nostrils.
Animals respond to homeopathic remedies well.
Arsenicum Album: Useful in the early stages, when the discharge is thin and excoriating.There could be a watery discharge from the eyes. The animal could be thirsty and drink small quantities of water.
Pulsatilla: Mild tempered animals that show changeable moods. The discharge may be thick and creamy. The nostrils area could be ulcerated and steaks of blood may show.
Mercurius solubilis: When the discharge is greenish and may contain blood.
Allium cepa: Discharge is watery and usualy thin and accompanied by sneezing. It is very useful in the early stages.
Kali iodatum: When the discharge becomes impacted and there is an attempt to sneeze which is usually ineffectual.
Kali bichromicum: When the discharge is bright yellow and develops into small plugs, which are tough and stringy in appearance. Streaks of blood are present.