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Skin Affections and Homoeopathy

Dr. Jyotsana Bhatnagar

Eczema is a common ailment affecting mankind and since centuries different streams of medicine have been trying to find a cure for it. Homoeopathy is the most succesful mode of treatment for this skin ailment.


Dermatitis or eczema is the most common ailment faced by skin specialists or dermatologists. Skin being exposed to the various harsh changes in the climate and conditions is made in such a way that it can protect the body from the various tortures. But certain factors (endogenous or in born or exogenous-due to environment) lead to various diseases of the skin. Amongst these, dermatitis is the non-contagious inflammation of the skin. It is characterised by redness, rashes, swelling leading to itching followed by oozing of discharge from the rashes. Ultimately, it is followed by the decline of the disease with dryness of the affected area and scaling of the affected skin.

Eczema is a common ailment affecting mankind and since centuries different streams of medicine have been trying to find a cure for it. Some believe that eczema is an ailment of the skin, therefore they tried treating it with various ointments and external applications. Some tried to heal the disease with the extract of the eruptions of the affected skin. Old school also relied on painful methods such as vesication, leeching and blood letting with an aim of purifying the blood which they thought was the cause of eczema.

But homoeopathy is one stream of medicine that has been successfully used for the treatment of this ailment. In homoeopathy, we believe that eczema is an outside manifestation of an inner deranged vital force of the diseased human being. Therefore it is the diseased or deranged vital force that runs throughout the economy of human being that has to be cured as a whole. It is not the disease that needs to be treated but the diseased individual as a whole.

Eczema can be divided into two categories according to their duration and symptoms. The acute stage is an abrupt appearance of a red rash with vesicles or papules (with or without fluid) and severe itching and swelling (may or may not be) of the part. Itching causes injury to vesicles causing oozing of the fluid that gives the rash a moist, dirty look (in certain areas such as scalp, it leads to matting of hair too). The decline of the disease is fast with the disappearance of redness and vesicles and appearance of dry scaly skin that normally heals quickly to a normal skin.

Chronic eczema has a slow, insidious appearance of the same symptoms as in acute eczema with a very slow recovery phase. At times the recovery too is not complete as the affected skin usually gets thick, dry and scaly (lichenification). There may be black discolouration of the skin too.

Causes
Dermatitis is usually seen more in infancy and in old people. Personal resistance, sensitivity of the skin, exposure to an allergen or irritant, familial predisposition, debility due to a disease, climatic and psychological factors are amongst the predisposing factors of eczema.

The main fundamental cause behind all types of dermatitis (except for exogenous type) is a genetic predisposition to allergies. Patients suffering from dermatitis are usually found to have someone in their family suffering from allergies such as asthma, eosinophilia, urticaria or some form of dermatitis.

Types of Dermatitis
Based on the causes, dermatitis can be broadly classified into exogenous (due to environmental factors) and endogenous (due to genetic factors) dermatitis.
Exogenous dermatitis

  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Photodermatitis
  • Infective eczematous dermatitis
  • Post traumatic dermatitis
  • Follicular infective dermatitis

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