Blackcough

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Blackcough
Overall:

Blackcough is a severe lung infection that is difficult to treat in the best of cases and frequently fatal. It sits in the lungs of the cat and interferes with breathing, sometimes to the point of death. Many cats who do manage to survive never fully recover the vitality they once had.

Notes:

This ailment is contagious via contact with the sick cat.
This ailment has a high probability of fatality.

Related Herbs: Apple, Borage, Broom, Caraway, Catnip, Chamomile, Chickweed, Comfrey, Feverfew, Honey, Horsetail, Lavender, Little Daisy, Mallow, Marigold, Poppy, Sage, Thyme, Willow,
Related Symptoms:
Mild Cases
Details:
Duration: 1 moon of intense treatment, followed by approximately 2 of follow-up treatments.
Treatment:
  • Loss of Appetite should be ignored, and the patient should be kept well watered and fed as much possible.
  • Fever should be treated with appropriate herbs.
  • Coughs should not be prevented. The more the patient brings up from the lungs the better for them. They should be encouraged to place anything they cough up on a grape leaf for easy disposal.
  • The difficulty breathing should be treated as best as possible, with those herbs that will ease breathing without preventing the cough. The patient should also be encouraged to rest as much as possible.
Residual Effects:

1 moon of higher than normal susceptibility to other respiratory ailments.
Slight lung damage that results in difficulty breathing for 3-6 moons.

Complications:

Possibility of permanent mild lung damage.

Moderate Cases
Details:
Duration: 2 moons of intense treatment, followed by approximately 4 of follow-up treatments.
Treatment:

Treatments should be stepped up the more severe the case is. Should coughing get bad enough to cause pain, those pains should be treated.

Residual Effects:

2 moons of higher than normal susceptibility to other respiratory ailments.
Moderate lung damage that results in difficulty breathing for 6-9 moons.

Complications:

Possibility of permanent mild to moderate lung damage.

Severe Cases
Details:
Duration: Cases that drift into their 3rd moon are generally not survivable.
Treatment:

In most severe cases things are generally fairly hopeless. Treatment should continues in the hope that the illness might be defeated. Treatment should include working to keep the patient comfortable while attempting to cure the Blackcough.

Residual Effects:

3 moons of higher than normal susceptibility to other respiratory ailments.
Severe lung damage that results in difficulty breathing for 9-12 moons.

Complications:

Possibility of permanent moderate to severe lung damage.