Mycosis is an infection that affects the skin and mucous membranes and that can be cured by homoeopathy. It is caused by the proliferation of certain fungi, that is microscopic living organisms that multiply profusely. Mycosis can manifest itself through internal signs such as a diminished immune system, although the external symptoms usually come in the form of skin problems like irritation or itching. There are four types of fungal infections: superficial mycosis, cutaneous mycosis, subcutaneous mycosis and deep organ mycosis. The most frequently encountered fungus is Candida. Cutaneous mycosis includes vaginal and oral mycosis. There also is mycosis of the nails, feet and skin. Some homoeopathic remedies can effectively treat fungal infections and prevent their recurrence.
Most of the time, skin mycosis manifests itself by cracking of the skin with painful sensations on the affected parts. It is also accompanied by itching and tingling sensations For other types of mycoses, such as those that affect the vagina and nails, one may also notice the appearance of other symptoms.
In case of vaginal mycosis, the symptoms appear around the vagina’s vulva. More specifically, they come in the form of painful cracks accompanied by itching sensations, and sometimes oedemas, that affect the vulva’s mucous membranes. Moreover, the patient is also subjected to a severe burning sensation when urinating and feels pain when he or she engages in sexual intercourse. A woman may also vaginal discharge or leucorrhoea, which are sometimes greenish and sometimes white, like the colour of curdled milk.
The signs of nail mycosis are very different from those of skin mycosis. At the primary stage, the symptom is discrete and manifests itself by the appearance of a small insignificant spot on the nail. Depending on the severity of the disease, the symptoms may include a detachment of the nail, brittleness of its texture, a variation of its thickness and a change in colour (green, yellow, opaque).
Depending on the severity of the disease, the treatment of cutaneous mycosis can be local or general. For local treatment, apply Calendula mother tincture on the wound twice a day. For efficiency, it is advisable to use this remedy in combination with other homoeopathic products. Among the most recommended products, one can resort to Sepia officinalis and Arsenicum Iodatum, both of which are very effective when the skin is subject to eczema and full of skin flakes. The combination of Sepia with Mecurius solubilis and Monilia albicans is also well-suited for the treatment of cutaneous mycosis. In case of tinea corporis, it is advisable to use Bergeris vulgaris 5 CH, and to treat intertrigo, it is recommended to resort to Graphites 15 CH.
Several homoeopathic remedies can be prescribed by doctors to treat vaginal mycosis. In all cases, the conventional doses that are administered to the patient consist of 3 to 5 granules per intake. The general treatment involves taking Kreosotum 5 CH, Helonias dioica 5 CH, Sepia officinalis 5 CH and Candida albicans 9 CH. Local treatment can be carried out with specific Calendula ovas.. In the case of abundant white secretion that is accompanied by itching sensations, the appropriate homoeopathic remedy is Calcarea Carbonica. Silicea can also be used to treat itching and milky vaginal discharge. As for Borax, it may be administered to treat irritating leucorrhoea of which the colour is that of an egg white, while Helonias is well-suited for the treatment of irritant, thick and lumpy leucorrhoea. If the secreted leucorrhoea is of greenish colour, the most suitable remedies are Hydrastis for yellow, stringy, viscous and thick leucorrhoea and Nitricu acidum when the mycosis is accompanied by pain and bleeding from the cervix.
When the first symptoms of mycosis start to appear, one can seek a pharmacist’s advice to know which homoeopathic remedy are appropriate. In case no improvement is observed after a week of homoeopathic treatment, a medical consultation is required. In the event that the person affected by mycosis is under the age of twelve, or if the patient is under corticosteroid-based treatment, he or she should immediately seek medical attention. If the mycosis worsens and starts to evolve, appearing in the form of open sores and oozing wounds, it is recommended to see a doctor as soon as possible in order to prevent any risk of secondary infection. If the pain caused by mycosis starts to interfere with the patient’s daily life, it is best to consult a doctor as well.
• Arsenicum Iodatum
• Berberis Vulgaris
• Helonias Dioica
• Natrum Muriaticum
• Sepia Officinalis
Good to know: In homoeopathy, the combination of Mercurius corrosivus and Mercurius solubilis helps to relieve mycosis that is accompanied by pruritus and irritant leucorrhoea.