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Photosensitization

Treating photosensitization with homoeopathy

Photosensitization is a dermatological disorder that is becoming increasingly widespread. Favoured by excessive exposure to sunlight, it can also be caused by several factors including the ingestion of certain drugs and the application of certain beauty products.

Characteristics of photosensitization

Photosensitization is a skin condition that is characterized by the skin’s increased sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. It can be caused by direct contact between the skin and products containing photosensitizing agents like cosmetics, among others. Photosensitization can also be caused by the ingestion of products or drugs, such as antibiotics. It can also be of genetic origin among individuals that are predisposed to photosensitization.

Symptoms

Photosensitization of external origin is characterized by reddish skin lesions similar to those caused by a sunburn. These lesions affect the surface of the skin that is coated with photosensitizer product. The eruptions are similar to hives and are accompanied by itching and an abnormal pigmentation, which takes on a brown or bluish colour. Photosensitization of internal origin is characterized by red patches with tiny blisters and severe itching. The lesions cover the entire sun-exposed skin surface. Photosensitization of genetic origin is characterized by the inability of melanin-deprived areas to tan, as well as erythemas and skin atrophy.

Treatment of photosensitization

The symptoms of photosensitization can be treated with Muriaticum acidum 7 CH, of which 3 granules need to be taken 3 times a day, a remedy that needs to be used in combination with Apis mellifica 5 CH and Belladonna 5 CH, of which hourly intakes are necessary. In case of pruritus, these remedies should be taken with Urtica Urens 7 CH. The intakes need to be progressively spaced out according to the patient’s improving health. Chronic photosensitization can be alleviated with a preventive Natrum Muriaticum 9 or 15 CH-based treatment, of which 3 granules need to be taken once a week. Individuals that have a predisposition to develop hives can prevent summer light eruption by taking Histaminum 9 CH once a week.

To relieve superficial skin burns, it is necessary to administer 5 granules of the listed homoeopathic remedies three times a day. To treat diaper rash that is accompanied by a sensation of warmth and pain, it is advisable to take Apis mellifica 9 CH and Belladonna 5 CH. Glonoinum 5 CH is suitable for treating discomfort that is characterized by a red face and a high body temperature. A tear in the skin’s surface layer and the presence of blisters can be dealt with by taking Cantharis 5 CH. To relieve the adverse effects of photosensitization, it is also possible to take 5 granules of Hypericum perforatum 9 CH four times a day.

When should you consult a doctor?

It is advisable to consult a therapist if second-degree burns and a generalized rash occur. The elderly or children with a weakened and altered general condition must also urgently receive adequate medical treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “photosensitization”

Associated treatments

  • Apis mellifica
  • Belladonna
  • Cantharis
  • Glonoïnum
  • Histaminum
  • Hypericum Perforatum
  • Muriaticum Acidum
  • Natrum Muriaticum
  • Urtica Urens

Associated pathologies

  • Solar erythema
  • Sunstroke

Good to know: Homoeopathic products can be used for preventive or curative purposes. Nevertheless, the homoeopathic treatment is particularly recommended for light-skinned subjects who are sensitive to the sun’s rays.

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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.