-The tongue is not only an indication of the state of the digestion, it is an independent organ and subject to independent affections. It may be inflamed, when it sometimes swells to a great size and protrudes from the mouth, and it may be ulcerated.
General Treatment.-In cases of inflammation or ulceration of the tongue there is much to be done by way of local treatment. Milk is the best diet as being more easily swallowed and less irritating than any other food.
-Inflammation with swelling at the beginning. From injury (either before or after Arnica).
-After Aconite; or at first when there is violent pain, swelling, hardness, and salivation; also in ulceration of the tongue.
-After Mercurius, when this is not sufficient, and when other parts of the mouth are painful and ulcerated. For induration of the tongue, either before or after Mercurius Paralysis of the tongue.
-When the tongue is inflamed from injury. It may be given after Aconite, if the latter is not sufficient.
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-When the inflammation is due to the stings of insects.
-When due to mercurial poisoning, if Belladonna is not sufficient.