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Parotitis

Treating parotitis with homoeopathy

Parotitis is an inflammation of one or both parotid glands, the majour salivary glands located on either side of the face. This condition is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection, such as an attack of staphylococci. In both cases, the inflammation affects the two ears. If parotitis is caused by sialolithiasis, only one ear is affected. However, in this case parotitis is not recurrent. Contagion naturally and systematically guarantees immunity against other similar infections.

What are the symptoms of parotitis?

Parotitis is recognizable by a sharp pain felt in the lower jaw. Although it is sometimes mistaken for a toothache or a simple ear infection, the difference lies in the fact that the inflammation becomes increasingly important as the infection develops. The swelling can also distort the jaw and reach the cheek. The patient may also have a mild fever.

Homoeopathic treatments

Knowing that parotitis may just as well be caused by a microbe or a virus, the homoeopathic treatment will therefore differ depending on the case. Most of the time, parotitis is treated with Arsenicum album, although in the case of acute parotitis, it is advisable to resort to Chamomilla. To fight off chronic parotitis, the doctor will need to prescribe Natrum carbonicum. As for acute parotitis, the indicated homeopathic remedy to treat it is Myrsiteca Sebirefa 4 CH. In this case, the patient will to take 2 granules per intake during three days. This remedy speeds up the inflammation’s development and stimulates the evacuation of pus in the shortest possible time. In case there is an outbreak of parotitis, it is best to strengthen the immunity system by taking three granules of Jaborandi 5CH. At bedtime, the patient will need to take three granules of Trifolium pratense 5 CH. If complications occur, one can eventually advise the homoeopathic remedy Pulsatilla 15 CH, of which each intake consists of 5 granules, to be taken three times a day.

When should you consult a doctor?

Severe pain in the maxilla may be a sign of an ear infection or parotitis. If the inflammation gains in intensity and the pain becomes unbearable, the affected person should seek medical attention without delay. The doctor will know which homoeopathic treatment is suitable and should be prescribed depending on the type of paroditis affecting the patient.  Most of the time, this will involve an intramuscular injection of analgesic and anti-inflammatory products to ease the pain. A disease-modifying treatment will follow in parallel.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “parotitis”

Associated treatments

•    Apis Mellifica
•    Bryonia
•    Mercurius Solubilis
•    Phytolacca Decandra

Good to know: The homoeopathic remedies have an in-depth action, can relieve the pain caused by parotitis, help cure the patient and strengthen his or her immunity system.

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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.