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Furuncle

Treating a furuncle and preventing furunculosis with homoeopathy

A furuncle is a small abscess consisting of a collection of pus that appears in a pilosebaceous follicle when it becomes infected. Due to the presence of Staphylococcus aureus, the infection is characterized by the formation of a painful swelling at the centre of which appears a yellowish core of boil containing more or less pus. In general, furuncles mainly occur on the face, armpits, genitals or buttocks, although in some cases they can also form in other areas like the groin or back. In some individuals, this infection is sometimes recurrent and is then called furunculosis, a condition characterized by the simultaneous and successive appearance of furuncles on different parts of the skin.

It is interesting to note that a furuncle may occur for several reasons. Thus, it may happen that a hair follicle becomes infected as a result of antibiotic therapy, a sinus inflammation or a lack of personal hygiene, but sometimes the infection can occur in areas where perspiration is abundant or in areas subject to repeated rubbing. As for furunculosis, it mainly affects especially people with weakened immune systems, although the recurrent infection may also occur in individuals in good health. Apart from that, furuncles are benign abscesses that are mostly safe for the affected person. Often treated with antibiotics, they can require minor surgery if the infection persists and does not resorb spontaneously.

At the beginning of the infection, it is possible to slow its progress and avoid the use of allopathic treatment by resorting to homoeopathic remedies that are indicated for skin conditions. All natural, these remedies have the specificity of being able to provide smooth treatment without straining the body, which constitutes an advantage for those who do not wish to use antibiotics. By treating the infection early on, it is usually possible to achieve the elimination of pus spontaneously while limiting the risk of a secondary infection, such as staphylococi or septicaemia, that can sometimes occur in the most extreme cases.

Symptoms

A furuncle is a small inflammatory tumour that comes in the form of a recognizable pimple characterized by the presence of gangrenous cell tissues and a collection of pus. A bright red circle, characteristic of a cutaneous inflammation, appears around the swollen area. The swelling is always very painful, especially when the furuncle appears in the skin’s folds and areas of friction. Once the pus removed, the pain instantly vanishes and the swelling gradually disappears. In the most severe cases, the inflammation can take on alarming proportions, with an occurrence of fever revealing an evolution of the infection.

Treating a furuncle

Once the tumescence is formed, take one dose of Hepar sulfuris calcareum 30 CH as well as one dose of Pyrogenium 9 CH  per day during three consecutive days. In addition, it will be possible to complete this treatment by taking 5 granules of Siegesbeckia orientalis CH 5 three times a day or 5 granules of Tarantula cubensis 9 CH twice a day if the swelling takes on a purplish hue. To complete the treatment and to relieve the pain, KLC ® Ointment will need to be regularly applied on the swollen area, all around the furuncle core.

Treating furunculosis

In case of recurrent furuncles and proven furunculosis, it is up to the physician to establish a basic treatment that is well-suited to the condition. Nevertheless, it is useful to know that this treatment will most require the use of homoeopathic remedies made from Arsenicum album, Silicea, Sulphur and Thuja.

When should you consult a doctor?

If the symptoms do not disappear after three days of treatment, it is imperative to seek medical attention without delay. Similarly, if the pus is not spontaneously eliminated and if the pain seems to gain in intensity despite the use of remedies, it is then advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible. The appearance of stretch marks around the base of the swollen area and the onset of fever are also signs that should not be overlooked since both of them indicate the patient’s need for immediate care. Finally, it is highly recommended for diabetics not to opt for self-medication and to turn instead to a professional in order to ensure that they will be prescribed the most suitable treatment in regard to their health.

Some useful recommendations

You should know that it is essential to maintain good personal hygiene to limit the formation of furuncles and to prevent the onset of furunculosis Furthermore, to prevent the bacteria from spreading and affecting other parts of the body, it is best not to touch the swollen area, except when applying the prescribed ointments of course. After each contact with the furuncle, it will also be necessary to wash the hands thoroughly to significantly reduce the risk of bacterial contamination. Finally, it is also advisable not to try to remove the pus on your own, so as not to aggravate the situation.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “furuncle”

Associated treatments

•    Arsenicum Album
•    Hepar Sulfuris Calcareum
•    Onguent KLC®
•    Pyrogenium
•    Siegesbeckia Orientalis
•    Silicea
•    Sulphur
•    Tarentula Cubensis
•    Thuya Occidentalis

Associated pathologies

•    Abscess
•    Cutaneous staphylococi

Good to know: Those with a weak immune system are most likely to develop skin infections. Among these persons, antibiotic-based therapy sometimes lead to a slowdown, especially in case of prolonged treatment. However, homoeopathy provides a solution to treat this infection without causing the patient additional fatigue.  

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