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BCG infection

Relieving a BCG infection with homoeopathy

A BCG infection is a rare and usually benign pathology that occurs following the inoculation of BCG, the vaccine used to fight off tuberculosis. The vaccine’s side effects may manifest themselves in various ways, but they most often appear in the form of localized cutaneous inflammations. BCG infections mainly affect children who received the vaccine during their first six months of life. The onset of the disorder is increased by certain factors, including an overdose of the vaccine or muscular weakness during the injection. A BCG infection is also dangerous when it occurs in children with immune deficiency. In this case we speak of disseminated BCG infections.

Symptoms of a BCG infection

A BCG infection manifests itself through various symptoms that vary depending on the patient’s body and the presence or absence of several predisposing factors. Among the main symptoms, we can include localized skin inflammations, followed by the appearance of a papule or a rash. A BCG infection can also produce other symptoms such as the appearance of ulcers around the injection area. During the healing phase, the scars formed often look ugly due to the presence of blisters.  A BCG infection can also lead to an inflammation of the axillary lymph node and the presence of pus.

Recommended homoeopathic treatments

Silicea is one of the most appropriate homoeopathic remedies in case of BCG infection because it is very effective in dealing with oozing cutaneous conditions. For optimal therapeutic effectiveness, the recommended dosage is 5 granules of Silicea 15 CH, to be taken two to three times a day over a 3-month period. Arnica Montana is another suitable homoeopathic remedy for the treatment of a BCG infection, especially in children. The most appropriate dilutions are 5 or 9 CH, but Arnica-based ointments can also be used to relieve pain in the inflamed areas. Much like Arnica, Sulfuricum acidum is also recommended in case of BCG infection in order to minimize potential skin suppurations. Finally, Belladonna 5CH and Pyrogenium 9 CH are also included on the list of the most commonly used homoeopathic remedies for the treatment of BCG infections.

When should you consult a doctor?

In case of BCG infection, it is recommended to seek medical attention as soon as the first symptoms appear in order to determine an appropriate course of treatment as early as possible. Furthermore, a BCG infection can be accompanied by a series of symptoms, such as fever, thus reinforcing the need for early treatment, especially in regard to children. In addition, the advice of a specialist is also recommended if the condition worsens, notably when cutaneous ulcers do not disappear or when they fill up with pus.

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Associated treatments

  • Silicea

Good to know: Taken regularly, Silicea 15 CH helps stop the progression of suppurations resulting from a BCG infection.

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