Antisepticizing Spray For The Patient's Home Use
( Originally Published 1934 )
The following is a simple, easily applied and extremely useful antisepticizing treatment for the patient's home use. It is a modification of the one the physician uses.
The general cooperation of the patient is all important. Aside from the personal attention the physition gives the patient, the patient must assist continually. It is particularly necessary that the patient use a home antisepticizing spray with the aid of an atomizer. The routine solution used consists of ephedrine sulphate solution, one per cent, dissolved in a 1- 4000 bichloride of mercury solution. Or, two atomizers may be used; the first atomizer is to contain a one per cent ephedrine sulphate solution (the watery solution) and the second atomizer is to contain a mild bichloride solution, about 1-4000. The strength of bichloride of mercury solution should be increased slowly up to 1-1000. The patient should obtain a prescription for this solution from his physician. The prescription should be made up by the druggist or supplied by the physician and should be marked, "Not to be repeated without the physician's advice."
The patient must be informed that after the first few bichloride of mercury treatments of either those given by the physician or those taken by the patient, that a sensation and feeling as if a fresh cold had started may be complained of and that the nose may stuff up and discharge after the bichloride spray. This inconvenient or unpleasant sensation only lasts an hour or two after treatments, but sometimes lasts longer. The patient must use the one per cent solution of ephedrine sulphate spray on the nose as often as the nose stuffs up and free breathing is interfered with; this spray may be used as often as every one-half hour or oftener. The nose will very quickly open up after the use of the ephedrine spray.
Thus, the patients can help a great deal by using the hand atomizers for the home use of the antisepticizing treatment. As explained, this consists of using either one or two small inexpensive hand atomizers. The patient sprays the nose well with the first atomizer containing the ephedrine solution and after waiting a few minutes until the nose has opened up well, then the second atomizer is used, containing the bichloride of mercury solution and the nose is well sprayed with this solution. This treatment is repeated from every half hour to every three hours. All this home treatment should be done whenever possible, under the direction of the physician. After all, this self-treatment should and can only be an aid to what the physician is doing for the patient. It should always be continued on the advice of the doctor after his taking charge of the case, as a routine home treatment.
The solutions, ingredients and medicines used in the antisepticizing sprays must be of the purest and correct in percentage strength and composition.
As a general rule, it may safely be said that under the persistent and proper use of both the doctor's and patient's antisepticizing treatments, the results we claim for these treatments must be obtained, otherwise we may be quite sure that the solutions are either contaminated, impure, or inaccurate. This rule assumes that the dietary principles of this system are most carefully followed.
Explanation for the Efficacy of the Antisepticizing Treatments
Just why, in the healing of the sick, are such remarkably excellent and quick results obtained by the physician's antisepticizing treatments, aided by the use of the patient's home antisepticizing treatment? The following explanations are a few of the reasons :
First, the supply of oxygen to the individual is immediately greatly increased. By these means, very soon, a greater amount of oxygen is supplied to the patient, than by the best artificial means such as oxygen tanks or tents. There are two reasons for the increased oxygen supply to the patient. First, the patient is immediately enabled to breathe in greater amounts of oxygen through the nose, since the nasal fossae are opened up, by the astringent action of the ephedrine. The second reason for increasing the oxygen intake of the patient is much more important. The sick person is at once enabled to breathe deeper by means of the nerve stimulating action of the antisepticizing treatment on the respiratory nerve centers; this is more carefully explained under the heading "Vagus Nerves." Oxygen is the spark of life no vital life or chemical process can be properly performed without the full supply of oxygen.
Second, the antisepticizing treatments kill off or at least render comparatively harmless the germs and viruses which are invading local or distant parts of the body or the body as a whole. These disease-producing germs are derived mostly from the patient's nasal sinuses.
Thé third explanation is that the antisepticizing sprays stimulate the secretion of the pituitary body (a ductless gland) in the base of the skull which is the roof of the nose. Now this pituitary gland is the trigger or activating gland of all the other ductless and non-ductless glands of the body.
Fourth, there is also a general nervous relaxation or relaxation of nervous tension of the entire body immediately after the use of an antisepticizing treatment. Not only is this true of people who are mildly or moderately ill, but is equally true of patients seriously ill.
The muscles of the entire body relax, the nervous tension is lowered and removed to a considerable degree.
Fifth, the nasal antisepticizing treatments are the best vagus nerve therapy obtainable. The vagus or pneumogastric nerve is the most important nerve of the entire body. The strength, force and action of the heart is controlled by this nerve. To a considerable extent these facts are equally true of the proper control and action of the lungs, stomach and intestines. The pneumogastric nerve keeps the stomach and intestines contracted by acting on the muscular fibers in the walls of the stomach and intestines. The gut is kept from distending balloon-like, and thus from pressing against the heart and lungs, and so interfering with the heart action and the full expansion of the lungs. Hence, for both purely mechanical and also chemical reasons does the antisepticizing treatment help the patient breathe, and breathe much better and deeper.