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Homeopathy and the “Itchies”

by | Jun 25, 2018 | Uncategorized

Summer seems to be a time when people develop unexplainable itchies.

This isn’t about Poison Ivy. I posted a story about that a month ago or so.

This is also not about insect bites.  The National Center for Homeopathy had a nice summary of such remedies.

This is about strange and unidentifiable eruptions (usually) on the skin that are annoying at best and infuriating at their worst. Sometimes they are acute allergic responses to something new or something that you

If it is something new, not something chronic, there are a few homeopathic remedies that could be helpful.

Apis mellifica (Homeopathic Bees):

Symptoms: Red, warm to the touch eruptions on the skin. Could be from bee stings, but could be an unknown reaction to something. Stinging, itching symptoms.

Worse from: Heat, warm applications

Better from: Cool applications.

Mental state: Busy.

Arsenicum (Homeopathic Arsenic):

Symptoms: Intense itching of the skin, possibly without eruptions (Sulphur, Mezereum). Must scratch until it bleeds or is raw. Eruptions could also be vesicles (like blisters) or urticaria (like a nettle sting)

Worse from: Scratching. Becoming cold. Evening and night time (as it is a scary time for Arsenicum people).

Better from: Warm Applications

Mental state: Anxious, nervous, chronic hand wringing. Anxious about health, safety, etc.

Mezereum (Homeopathic Spurge Olive):

Symptoms: Itching with no eruptions, biting, tingling, itching, moves location from scratching. Area just scratched feels cold. Anxiety with the itching, so much so that they can’t sit still. Worse from eruptions that have been suppressed by zinc ointment. Intensely itching and burning that thicken on scratching

Worse from: Heat of the bed, walking into a warm room

Better from: Possibly cold applications.

Mental state: Anxiety when alone.

Peculiarities: Chilly patient, worse from heat, better from cold.

Natrum Muriaticum (Homeopathic Sodium Chloride)

Symptoms: Hives, urticaria, vesicles.

Worse from: Summer, sunshine, undressing, touch, heat of the bed

Better from: Warmth and exercise

Mental: Closed off, doesn’t really want to talk about it. Suffers in silence. More relaxed from alcohol.

Rhus Tox, also known as Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves. Leaves of three, let it be.

Rhus Toxicodendron (Homeopathic Poison Oak)

Symptoms: Hives, poison ivy, urticaria, vesicles. May feel like bugs are crawling on or under the skin.

Worse: Getting cold, heat of the bed, night time, cold air, scratching

Better: Warm or hot bathing or applications, scratching

Mental: Restlessness, must move about, which is why the symptoms are worse at night because the person who needs Rhus Tox is compelled to move around, but can’t do so at night. Must scratch until raw. It may be that scratching has no impact also.

Sulphur

Symptoms: Sulphur can produce and cure almost every skin symptom imaginable. Hives, Vesicles, urticaria, blisters, etc. It will be warm to the touch but not as warm as Apis. Can have itching and burning. Red after scratching. May be dirty looking. Patches may bleed after scratching, and they may feel compelled to scratch until they bleed. Generally warm.

Worse from: Heat, warm applications, hot applications, heat of the bed, bathing.

Better from: Cool applications or cool bathing.

Mental: Outgoing, friendly, sociable, likes to be the center of attention. A bit of know-it-all. There aren’t any symptoms specifically related to the skin, but irritability could be expected with itching, as it is a common symptom of Sulphur.

Urticaria

Urtica Urens (Homeopathic Stinging Nettles)

Symptoms: Mostly urticaria although vesicles are possible. Redness, burning as from nettles. Could be caused by shellfish consumption.

Worse from: Warmth and exercise (summer), washing, bathing, scratching (makes it more red), becoming warm, especially in bed

Better from: Lying down, scratching.

Mental: Impatient and irritable from the itching.

Below is a comparison summary chart which contains the information helpful in determining what remedy to try. Be sure to read the descriptions above for a clearer mental and emotional picture helpful in choosing a remedy.

 

Remedy Better From Worse From Appearance of Eruption
Apis Cool and cold Applications Warm Applications, heat Red and very warm to the touch.   Stinging accompanies the itching.
Arsenicum Warm or Hot applications Scratching. Becoming cold. Evening and night time Vesicles, urticaria, or possibly no eruptions, just itching.
Mezereum Cold applications Heat of the bed, walking into a warm room No Eruptions possibly, thickening of skin upon scratching
Natrum Muriaticum Warmth and exercise Summer, sunshine, undressing, touch, heat of the bed Hives, urticaria, vesicles.
Rhus Tox Warm Applications

Hot applications

Becoming cold, heat of the bed, night time, cold air, scratching Hives, poison ivy, urticaria, vesicles. May feel like bugs are crawling on or under the skin
Sulphur Cool applications or cool bathing or shower Heat, warm applications, hot applications, heat of the bed, bathing, scratching Almost any time of skin symptom is possible with Sulphur
Urtica Urens Lying down, scratching Warmth and exercise (summer), washing, bathing, scratching (makes it more red), becoming warm, especially in bed Urticaria mostly, like nettle stings

If these remedies don’t help, please contact Lotus Homeopathy for help.  651-748-1556.

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