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Dyshidrosis

Relieving dyshidrosis with homoeopathy

Dyshidrosis is a skin condition that takes on the appearance of eczema. This infection mainly develops on the palms and soles. It is also know as Pompholyx, which means “bubble”. Indeed, dyshidrosis presents itself in the form of tiny vesicles.

Overview of the pathology

The name dyshidrosis comes from the word “dyshidrotic” which means “bad sweating”. In fact, sweating was once believed to be the cause of this infection. Nevertheless, the fluid contained in the vesicles is not sweat but serum. The main cause of dyshidrosis is excessive sweating caused by stress and anxiety. Prolonged exposure in the sun can also trigger dyshidrosis. Prolonged skin moisture can also aggravate the existing symptoms. For this reason, it is advisable to wear clothing, socks and shoes that allow the skin to breathe properly.  Mycosic infections and intestinal disorders can also lead to dyshidrosis.

Symptoms

Dyshidrosis is characterized by small blisters located on the tips of hands and feet. Palms and soles can also be the source of these vesicles. Their size is less than one millimetre in diameter. Nonetheless, these small opaque blisters can gather in clusters and form larger vesicles. They can also develop in-depth under the skin. These symptoms can be accompanied by itching and painful sensations. In addition, contact with soap, water or irritant substances can worsen the disease. The vesicles start to ooze when they are scratched and a scab forms afterwards. The skin starts to crack and this symptom is usually painful. The skin has a hard time healing and the process can take several weeks.

Treatment at the erythematous and vesicular stages

At the erythematous and vesicular stage, treatment varies according to the symptoms. If dyshidrosis manifests itself through red skin patches and pruriginous vesicles, it is advisable to take Rhus Toxicodendron 4 or 5 CH.  The patient needs to take 4 to 5 daily intakes of this remedy. If pink oedemas appear, accompanied by a burning sensation that is relieved by the cold, it will be necessary for the patient to take Apis mellifica 5 CH four to five times a day. If the vesicles contain yellow and thick fluid that resembles pus, it is recommended to administer Mezereum 4 to 5 CH four to five times a day.

Treatment at the oozing stage

To treat dyshidrosis at the oozing stage, taking Antimonium crudum 5 to 9 CH can reduce the scabby lesions.  Graphites 9 to 15 CH is recommended in case the fluid released by the vesicles is thick, viscous and yellow. The patient needs to take this remedy once or twice a day. In case the oozing fluid is clear and foul-smelling, it is recommended to take Petroleum 5 to 9 CH three times a day.

When should you consult a doctor?

It is recommended to seek medical attention as soon as the main symptoms appear. Indeed, the disease’s evolution towards the oozing stage is accompanied by itching and painful sensations when the skin starts to crack.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “dyshidrosis”

Associated treatments

•    Anagallis Arvensis
•    Mezereum
•    Natrum Sulfuricum

Good to know: Homoeopathy is an effective solution for the treatment of dyshidrosis. Several remedies, such as Rhus Toxicodendron and Mezereum, are well-suited for dealing with this pathology. In addition, using Anagalis also helsp to relieve dyshidrosis that affects the tips of fingers and the hands’ palms.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.