An abscess is an infection that begins with an inflammation before resulting in the appearance of a sharply delineated cavity containing pus. Internally, the most common abscesses are those that affect organs like the liver, the brain or the lungs. Rather severe, these abscesses cannot be treated by homoeopathy since they require very specific allopathic treatments. Superficial abscesses are infections that mainly affect the skin, gums and anal margin. When the abscess does not naturally go away, it is usually necessary to resort to surgical drainage which helps the antibiotics act faster and more efficiently. If the infection is mild, the procedure is mostly performed under local anaesthesia, but if it turns out that the infection is more serious, drainage must be carried out under general anaesthesia. In case of a superficial abscess, homoeopathic treatment is often a healthy alternative for those who prefer to avoid the allopathic treatments that are usually recommended in such circumstances.
Once the abscess formed, the inflammation gives way to a tumescence of varying intensity which is always quite painful. In fact, this swelling is due to a collection of pus resulting directly from the infection. Depending on the level of severity, the discomfort linked to the presence of pus can be particularly painful, especially when dealing with a dental abscess or abscess of the anal margin. Sometimes, fever can also manifest itself upon the appearance of an abscess, especially in cases of rather severe infections.
To prevent the occurrence of abscesses, it is possible to resort to a treatment containing Belladona, Hepar sulfiris calcareum and Pyrogenium. In fact, these remedies help to significantly reduce the formation of pus in the cavity. From the inflammatory stage, one should take 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every two hours for two days, as well as two doses of Hepar sulfuris calcareum and two doses of Pyrogenium 9 CH daily. Furthermore, if the feeling of discomfort becomes truly unbearable, one can apply a bit of Onguent KLC on the affected area twice a day in order to considerably decrease the pain. In some cases, skin abscesses can also be relieved by taking Myristica sebifera.
Regarding superficial tooth and gum abscesses, it is possible to prevent the infection from getting worse by using the same homoeopathic treatment as the one recommended for skin abscesses. Consequently, the feeling of discomfort can be greatly reduced by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every two hours, as well as two doses of Hepar sulfuris calcareum and two doses of Pyrogenium 9 CH per day. In some cases, taking Siegesbeckia orientalis can also be advisable. However, now that in case of gum or tooth abscess, homoeopathic treatment cannot serve as a substitute to allopathic treatment. Thus, it will be essential to consult a dentist as soon as possible to prevent the risk of infective endocarditis, a condition corresponding to an inflammation of the endocardium.
In case of abscess of the anal margin, the homoeopathic treatment should only be taken as a complement to a surgical procedure, which is unfortunately indispensable in such cases. The remedies are therefore used after the operation to allow for better healing of the affected tissues. Thus, one will need to take 5 granules of Calcarea sulfurica 5CH, morning and evening over a period of ten days, until the wound has completely healed.
Regarding superficial gum abscesses, dental abscesses and the abscesses of the anal margin, one should know that it is mandatory to consult a dentist or doctor as soon as possible so that they can adapt the required treatment as best as possible. However, in case of skin abscess, it will be necessary to seek professional advice if the symptoms last longer than 48 hours or if the inflammation is followed by the formation of a pus cavity within the affected tissue.
Good to know: Abscesses can be located deeply or superficially. While superficial abscesses usually only affect the skin and the gums, deep abscesses can reach the internal organs. With that in mind, know that homoeopathy is only an appropriate for treating skin abscesses, dental abscesses and abscesses located on the anal margin.