Homeopathy treatment for Abscesses
An abscess is an enclosed pocket in the -tissue filled with pus, usually caused by the body's reaction to bacterial infection.
Abscesses are accompanied by heat, pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness over the site of the abscess, Fever may be present, but not always. Abscesses are difficult to heal without treatment.
Sometimes abscesses must be surgically drained in order to release the pus. If the abscess is severely painful, or if you observe any red streaks radiating from the area, get immediate medical attention.
What do you observe about the abscess?
Is the abscess draining? If so, what color is the pus? Is it bloody?
Is there redness of the skin around the site of the abscess? Discoloration?
Is the abscess red? If so, bright or dark red? Is it blue?
Is there swelling? Tenderness?
Are there swollen lymph nodes nearby?
"Ow! Don't touch it! Quick, cover it up again!" Hepar sulphuris
"It feels like it's going to explode from the pressure." Lachesis
"I have a bad taste in my mouth and I've been drooling." Mercurius
"I've been sweating a lot more than usual and it smells bad." Mercurius
"It feels like there is something inside the abscess." Silica
How much does it hurt?
What does the pain feel like?
What makes it feel better or worse?
Do you feel warm or chilly?
Have you been craving anything to eat or drink?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine·
Hepar sulphuris and Silica are the most common medicines for abscesses.
· For an abscess that is exquisitely sensitive to pain, cold, and touch, in a very irritable chilly person, give Hepar suLphuris.
· For an abscess from a foreign body give Silica unless the symptoms are particularly like Hepar sulphuris.
· For abscesses that are purplish or mottled, left-sided, and much better from discharging, in a talkative, intense person, give Lachesis.
· For abscesses that are very foul-smelling in a chilly, sweaty person with bad breath and a bad or metallic taste in the mouth, give Mercurius.
· Give three pellets of 30C every four hours until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more frequently (every two to four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) usually only need to be given once, but can be given again if there is a definite relapse.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Homeopathic medicines reduce fever and inflammation and may stimulate the body to promote spontaneous drainage of the abscess. If you are not getting results within two to three days, seek medical attention, especially if high fever or red streaks are present.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
If the abscess is draining, cover it with a gauze dressing and keep the area clean.
· Alternating hot (five minutes) and cold (one minute) wet com- presses stimulates circulation and healing.
· Use massage techniques that specifically promote drainage of the lymph system.
· A combination of Echinacea and goldenseal (two dropperfuls of tincture in water three times a day or two capsules four times a day) can be useful to stimulate the immune system to fight infection.
· Apply Calendula tincture (diluted one part to three parts water) to the area once it has drained.
· Give beta- carotene: 50,000 IU once a day. Give zinc: 30 mg once a day.
· Give vitamin C: 1000 mg three times a day.