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Suppurations, Cellulitis, etc.)
An abcess is a localized collection of pus in any
part of the body, caused by an infection.
An abscess is a tender, easily pressed mass generally surrounded
by a colored area from pink to deep red. The middle of an abscess
is full of pus and debris.
Painful and warm to touch, abscesses can show up any place on your
body. The most common sites are in your armpits (axillae), areas
around your anus and vagina (Bartholin gland abscess), the base
of your spine (pilonidal abscess), around a tooth (dental abscess),
and in your groin. Inflammation around a hair follicle can also
lead to the formation of an abscess, which is called a boil (furuncle).
Abcess, Cellulitis, Infections, Suppuration
- Treatment & Homeopathic Medicines
Is the remedy most often indicated for the initiatory symptoms of
abscess. The parts swell rapidly, become bright red, there is intense
throbbing which is painful,pus develops speedily the swelling increases
and the redness radiates; here Belladonna is in close relation with
Hepar and Mercurius. It comes in earlier than either of these remedies
and corresponds more closely to the active, asthenic variety of
abscess before pus is matured. In abscesses about the alveolar processes,
the so called gum boils, Belladonna is often the first remedy and
Mercurius follows here in most cases. In acute glandular abscess
Belladonna is often indicated and is a beginning remedy. Chamomilla
is not a remedy to suggest itself in abscess, yet has proved valuable
in promoting the formation of pus in chronic abscesses where Hepar
has failed to act promptly, and in making the pains more bearable.
#Hepar sulphur [Hep]
Is the great homoeopathic remedy for suppurations where the pus
is not decomposed. It suits especially lymphatic, phlegmatic individuals.
Excessive sensitiveness of the parts is a leading indication. It
is further indicated by these symptoms: chilly sensations, throbbing
in the parts, or sharp, sticking pains which are worse at night
and from If given low in threatening suppuration it will favor the
formation of pus. The suppurative process will often be aborted
by Hepar if given in the higher potencies. Such abscesses as felon
or whitlow generally do well under Hepar. If there be a bruised
pain present, sometimes Arnica may do good. There are two other
preparations similar to Hepar; calcium sulphide, which is the chemically
pure article, has never been proved, hence we must regard it only
as b a makeshift for Hepar, and Calcarea sulphurica. The last remedy
has been found useful in cases of abscess where the suppuration
seems to continue indefinitely. The presence of pus with a vent
has been considered a good indication; it comes in after Silicea,
and suits painful abscesses about the anus, and is a most useful
remedy in gum boils. Dr. W. E. Leonard claims that in the 12x it
will abort felons and furuncles.
Is the remedy where the suppuration continues and the wound refuses
to heal, no matter where the suppurative process is located; the
pus is apt to be thin,watery,and the process is sluggish and indolent
one. Under Silicea the suppurative process takes on a healthy action
, the pus becomes benign, granulation appear. It is then time to
stop the remedy, for if it be continued it may undo the good it
has done,and another remedy, probably Fluoric acid ,will have to
be given. This remedy antidotes the overuse of Silicea. Silicea
is usually prescribed after an abscess has been lanced or opened
by means of poultice. Warmth is very grateful to the Silicea patient.
Fluoric acid has relief from cold. Abscesses having much cellular
infiltration in their vicinity call for Silicea. It, too,is a remedy
for all fistulous burrowings. In rectal fistula it is very often
the remedy; great nervous erethism, if present, is an additional.
There is often considerable foetor to the discharge of Silicea cases.
Scrofulous and tubercular abscesses especially call for Silicea.
Differing from Belladonna, from Hepar, and especially from Silicea
is Mercurius, which is one of our good remedies in abscess. It comes
in after Belladonna, when pus has formed. It favors the formation
of pus especially in the lower potencies, and is especially indicated
in glandular abscesses; the pus is greenish in tint, and quite thin
and fluid. There is intense, shining redness with throbbing and
stinging pains. It does not follow Silicea well.
From Hepar it is to be distinguished by general symptoms; then,
too, the suppurative process is slower, and all the pains are greatly
aggravated at night. In abscesses at the roots of the teeth it is
one of our best remedies, and it is often efficacious in toothache
due to this cause. It will often abort suppuration when used in
the highest potencies, as in tonsillitis, where it is a most valuable
remedy. It is a remarkable remedy in pyorrhoea and will make extraction
of teeth unnecessary.
In low conditions of abscess, when pus in thin, dark, ichorous,
and offensive in character, Lachesis may me the remedy. The parts
are purplish in appearance. It the remedy for abscess where poisonous
matter has been introduced into the system, causing the trouble.
Carbo vegetabilis may also be a remedy in long-lasting, unhealthy
suppurative processes which produce a hectic fever. Rhus toxicodendron
is another remedy for abscesses of the parotid or axillary glands
where there is a discharge of a bloody, serous pus. The evident
poisoned condition of the system and tendency of the abscess to
take on a carbunculous state will indicate Rhus. With Lachesis the
discharge is a thin ichorous pus.
Another remedy in low condition of abscess is Arsenicum; the great
debility, the production of watery, ichorous pus, the threatening
of gangrene and the intolerable burning pains will call immediate
attention to this remedy.
Is also a remedy which may be used with the greatest benefit in
abscesses and suppuration; especially is it useful in chronic cases
where the discharge is profuse, accompanied with emaciation and
hectic fever. Abscesses in scrofulous persons, where there is a
marked psoric taint and a tendency to boils, correspond to Sulphur.
The pus is acrid and excoriating. Crops of boils in various parts
of the body indicate the remedy well. Lycopodium has also been found
useful in boils which are greatly aggravated by poultices.
is the remedy where abscesses and boils do not mature; they shrivel
up, then another crop comes; Arnica will often develop the abscess,
carrying it on to a discharge of the pus and a cure of the trouble.
Boils coming in crops call for Arnica; they are very sore, purplish
in color; also blood boils which are very sore. Calcarea carbonica,
Calcarea iodata (especially in abscess of the cervical glands scrofulous
in nature), Asafoetida, Calendula (traumatic suppuration), and a
number of other remedies may perchance be indicated in suppuration
and abscess. With Calendula the pus is thick and yellow, not attended
with active inflammation. The symptoms, unhealthy skin, every little
wound or scratch suppurates, are found under Hepar, Silicea, Calcarea
carbonica and Graphites. Grauvogl considered Arnica as a remedy
to prevent suppuration, and particularly to hinder the absorption
of pus and so prevent pyaemia.
#Rhus toxicodendron [Rhus.t]
is a very useful remedy in acute suppuration; especially has it
been found useful in suppurative conditions about the eye. It has
proved curative in abscesses about the parotid and axillary glands;
the pus is bloody and serous, the pain is intense, and the swelling
is dark red. Rhus corresponds very closely to septicaemia.
has achieved a well merited reputation in suppurative conditions,
especially where symptoms of blood poisoning are present. There
is no question as to its efficacy.
#Nitric acid [Nit.ac]
may also come in suppurations about the glands, especially the inguinal
or axillary, in syphilitic subjects, and when the discharge is offensive,
excoriating and of a dirty, greenish yellow colour. Suppurations
is mastoid process. Kali iodatum must also be thought of in syphilitic
or scrofulous cases.
Phosphorus is often useful in abscesses
about the bones, and here we will find Aurum, Asafoetida, Pulsatilla,
Calcarea phosphorica, Calcarea fluorica and Manganum special remedies.
Pyrogen according to Dr. W. E. Leonard is invaluable as remedy in
recurring abscess conditions. It will clean up the system and prevent