Dacryocystitis is an inflammation of the nasolacrimal sac, located in a deep groove formed by the lacrimal bone and frontal process of the maxilla. Sometimes, the lacrimal sac gets inflamed and swells significantly. This inflammation can be purulent and painful. Among newborns, the pathology is usually due to a delayed opening of the nasolacrimal duct, which should occur during the infant’s early months. Tears are unable to evacuate the lacrimal sac and remain in the eye, which leads to a propagation of bacteria, eventually resulting in an inflammation. The physician or paediatrician will then need to apply pressure to the child’s nose or cheek to evacuate the pus and prevent it from obstructing the nasolacrimal duct.
The first sign indicating the presence of dacryocystitis is persistent tearing. Once the infection sets in, the patient feels shooting pain accompanied by mild fever. Sometimes, an abscess appears and the suppuration takes on a whitish colour, all the while softening the swollen area. Dacryocystitis comes in two different forms. In its acute form, the nasolacrimal duct swells, takes on a red colour, is hot to the touch, painful and is accompanied by tearing. If the subject suffers from chronic dacryocystitis, tearing will not be the only symptom. In addition to that, a small painless cyst called mucocele develops around the lacrimal duct. However, it is full of mucus which can be evacuated through the lacrimal duct by using a finger to apply pressure on it.
In general, dacryocystitis is treated with antibiotics. Since this pathology’s main symptom is tearing, the homoeopathic shock treatment involves taking Calendula officinalis 3 DH. Taking 5 granules of Calcarea sulfurica 4 or 5 CH three times a day is recommended to fight off purulent infections and to stop the proliferation of bacteria. Staphysagria 15 to 30 CH is also prescribed in cases of recurrent dacryocystitis, of which a weekly dose needs to be taken over a 3-month period.
A person who feels eye fatigue or tingling sensations around the eyes should systematically consult an ophthalmologist, who is the only one able to properly diagnose a dacryocystitis. To know if an infant is suffering from dacryocystitis, place a tissue on one eye at a time alternatively. If he or she systematically cries, it is an indication that he or she has a hard time seeing with only one eye. In that case, consulting a paediatrician becomes mandatory in order to establish a diagnosis. If the symptoms remain after having taken the homoeopathic treatment, it is strongly advised to seek specialized medical attention.
Good to know: Dacryocystits can be treated easily and thoroughly by resorting to homoeopathic remedies, which act like regular antibiotics.