Homeopathy and Summertime Rashes

We live in Northern Michigan and spend much of our summer on the beaches of Lake Michigan.  Some of our favorite beaches have poison ivy lining the trails.  Although we have learned to avoid it (my oldest daughter is very susceptible), we still keep remedies on hand if a rash develops and avoid using any cortisone creams or other medications.  In addition to poison ivy, Homeopathy is very effective with poison oak, poison sumac, hives, allergic reactions on the skin and more.

Below are some of the most commonly used remedies for rashes.  As when using Homeopathy for other ailments, choose the remedy that most closely resembles the symptoms you are experiencing for the greatest and most rapid result.

Anacardium:  This remedy is generally most effective with rashes that come from poison Oak.  There will be great itching and swelling.  Fluid-filled blisters may also be present.  The itching will be worse with heat or if hot water is applied.

Apis:  This is the first remedy we think of when hives are present.  Rash or hives will be red and swollen.  They may or may not itch, but there is usually a burning or a stinging pain.  The discomfort of the rash is relieved by a cold compress.  My youngest daughter will develop hives if she accidentally consumes a tree nut.  This remedy has been our lifesaver.  In addition, this remedy is made from the honey bee, which also makes it a wonderful remedy for bee, wasp or yellow jacket stings.

Belladonna:  This is generally not the first remedy I reach for when it comes to rashes, however if the rash comes on very fast and is very hot with a throbbing pain, I would consider this remedy.  A fever may also be present.

Bryonia:  A Bryonia rash would be hot, dry and lumpy.  The discomfort would be worse from movement, pressure and touch.  Someone requiring this remedy may want to lie completely still and not move.

Graphites:  This remedy is indicated when the rash is oozing with a thick, sticky, golden fluid that eventually becomes hardened and crusty.  The itch will be worse at night.

Ledum:  This is the first remedy I think of for bug bites, especially if a person is sensitive to mosquito bites and ends up with large welts around the sting site.  Like this bug bite reaction, the rash will be very swollen and puffy.  It will also be relieved by cold applications.

Natrum Muraticum:  This remedy is usually considered for more chronic rashes, however, if a rash develops that is worse from the sun and from physical excursion, this may be a remedy to consider.  The rash itself will be dry and flaky.  Many rashes requiring this remedy will occur around the hair-line or at the bends of the knees or elbows.

Rhus Tox:  This is the first remedy to consider in cases of poison ivy, as it is made from this very plant.  The rash may burn and will itch intensely.  The rash will feel better with heat or by running the rash under hot water.  In some cases the heat will make the itch worse while it is applied but, once removed, the itching will cease.  In some instances, those with a rash requiring Rhus Tox will becoming very restless and will not be able to sit still.

Sepia:  A rash requiring this remedy will be very dry and scaly with a red or brownish tint.  Getting too warm under the covers or under clothing will make the itching of this rash worse, as will sweating.

Sulphur:  A rash needing sulphur will be red, irritated, burning and itchy.  Heat will aggravate it, as will washing.  This is the first remedy to think of for rashes caused by clothing irritation, especially if the rash develops from wool.  Itching will be almost unbearable but will make the rash worse and can cause it to spread.  The rash itself can be either dry and scaly or moist and weepy.

Urtica Urens:  This is the first remedy to consider when faced with a rash that resembles a nettle rash (It is made from the stinging nettle plant).  The eruptions will sting and burn greatly.  Scratching will make the rash worse, as will applying a cold compress or cold water.  If a rash develops during heat stroke or overheating, this is also a remedy to consider.

The potency to use for the rashes listed above range from 6C – 30C.  I generally go with 30C unless I don’t have any on hand.  Each remedy can be taken 3 – 6 times per day, depending on the need.  As a general rule, the remedy can be taken every one – two hours.  If no improvement is seen after a couple of doses, another remedy may be needed.  For more immediate cases, such as the times when my daughter has accidentally eaten a tree nut and the reaction is more imminent, I will increase the time frame to every 15 minutes until an improvement is seen.  Choosing the right potency and frequency can be tricky.  If you ever have any questions or concerns about which remedy, potency or frequency to use, consult a certified homeopath.

If the rash is due to a severe allergic reaction seek emergency medical attention.

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**We do not diagnose or treat disease.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnosis or if your situation is emergent and life-threatening please consult a licensed medical doctor.

 

 

Spring Allergies

Spring allergy season is upon us but we do not need to let the sneezing, itchy eyes or runny nose get us down.  Homeopathy is an effective way to care for your allergies without the side effects of over the counter or prescription allergy medications.  Listed below are some of the most effective remedies for this allergy season.

Allium Cepa: This remedy is made from the red onion.  If you think about how your body reacts when you chop an onion you will see what symptoms this remedy can calm.  It is wonderful for allergies that produce extremely watery eyes and a runny nose.  The discharge from your nose may burn and cause redness on your upper lip.  Nose may seem to “run like a faucet” as the discharge is so watery and profuse.  It is especially effective for those who are allergic to flowers and pollen.  Symptoms may feel worse in a warm room and later in the day.  Relief may come from being in the open air.

Arsenicum Album: This remedy is used when the right side of the nose is stuffed up or running.  discharge from nose is watery and may burn your upper lip, causing redness.  Nose may be running but at the same time completely stuffed up.

Euphrasia: This remedy cares for eyes that burn and water profusely.  Eyes are very irritated and may be sensitive to light.  Watery discharge from nose may also be present.

Kali Bi: This remedy is wonderful for allergies where the root of the nose is sore.  Discharge is very thick, stringy and yellow.  Post nasal drip may be present.  You may feel the need to clear your throat often because of thick mucus of the post nasal drip. Sinus infections that result from allergies of this kind can also be helped by this remedy.

Nat Mur: This remedy is good for allergies when the discharge from the nose looks like the white of an egg.  Allergies may come on with much sneezing.  Watery eyes may also be present.  Those who need this remedy generally feel worse in the open air or out in the wind.

Nux Vomica: This remedy includes pronounced sneezing.  Allergies are worse in the morning when first getting out of bed.  Nose is stuffed up all night long and runs during the day.

Pulsatilla: This remedy is good for allergies that produce a yellowish-green discharge from the nose.  Sneezing is usually present.  Allergies feel worse when in a warm, stuffy room and in the evening.  Nose may run and be completely stuffed up at the same time.  Itchy eyes may also be present.

Sabadilla: This remedy is called for when sneezing is the predominant symptom.  If you sneeze 5 – 10 times in a row before relief then this is the remedy to take.  Tickling inside the nose is usually present along with very thin nasal discharge.

Enjoy the Spring!