Wednesday, January 18, 2012

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR MEASLES, MUMPS, CHICKEN POX, & WHOOPING COUGH



DISCLAIMER:  This information is for educational purposes only and does not take the place of seeking proper medical attention.  If you suspect your child has one of these conditions, please see your pediatrician immediately.


MEASLES
homeopathic treatment options matching the patient’s symptoms and phase of illness

Aconite
Sudden onset, with fever, nasal discharge, hot red eyes, restlessness, and sensitivity to light.  Croupy cough, rapid strong pulse, and thirst.  Useful in early stages before measles has been diagnosed

Belladonna
Violent onset, useful in early stages like Aconite.  Red face radiating heat, although limbs may feel cold.  Sweat on parts of the body covered with clothes.  NO thirst with temperature.  Headache, throbbing/bursting.

Apis
Rash is slow to appear, eyelids are swollen and eyes are sore, red, stinging and burning (worse from heat).  Temperature is high with possible delirium, and child is weepy, irritable, and thirstless.  Face is puffy.

Pulsatilla
Low grade fever, cough, cold, and thick yellow/green nasal catarrh.  Dry cough, worse in the evening and night, loose in the morning.  Child is thirstless, worse from heat and desires cold air.  Rash itches, worse heat.  Eyes are inflamed and watery.  Earache is a complication.


MUMPS

Phytolacca
Inflammation of the parotid and sometimes submaxillary glands (under the jaw).  Pains shoot to the ear on swallowing and throat is dry and rough.  Swallowing hot food/drink is painful.  Face is pale.

Pilocarpine
Almost considered a specific for mumps since it is a powerful glandular stimulant.  There is profuse sweat followed by great thirst, much salivation and general weakness.

Pulsatilla
Useful in the later stages if illness lingers on.  Patient is whiny, weepy, thirstless and distressed in a warm stuffy room and better with fresh air.  Children have a dry mouth and coated tongue.  Also useful for adults when symptoms affect the breast, ovaries, or testes.

Mercurius
May have swelling of submaxillary glands (worse on the right) as well as parotids.  Sweat and breath are offensive and there is much saliva.  They sweat a lot at night.  Affected glands feel hard to touch and are tender.

Belladona
Symptoms come on suddenly and violently with great heat and redness, the parotid glands (near the ears).  May also become red and tender to touch.  Possible shooting pains in the glands and burning pain in the throat.  Swollen glands are worse on the right side.

Bryonia
Hard and painful swelling of the parotid glands.  Slightest movement of the neck is painful.  Patients are very thirsty for cold drinks and are generally irritable.


CHICKEN POX (varicella)

Rhus Tox
Intense itching of skin rash which gets worse during the night.  Children are very restless and have great difficulty in falling asleep.  Skin eruptions can be large with pus in the blisters.  Main remedy for chicken pox.

Belladonna
Chicken pox accompanied with severe throbbing headaches.  Flushed face with hot dry skin and cold extremeties.  Drowsiness but unable to sleep.

Pulsatilla
Weepy, clingy, and thirstless despite having a fever.  Worse in the evening, at night, and in a warm atmosphere. 

Mercurius
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, offensive perspiration, and the eruptions from the rash are large and pus filled-can become open sores.  Patient is worse from extremes of heat or cold and always worse at night.

Apis
The swelling of the parotids is soft, puffy, rosy colored, tender and may have sore, burning, stinging pains.  Patient is always worse with heat and better with cold applications.  They are not thirsty.

Other useful remedies include: Aconite, Arsenicum, Carbo vegetabilis, Kali bichromicum


WHOOPING COUGH (pertussis)

Arnica
Repetitive cough especially at night, during sleep and on exercise.  Child tends to cry before coughing in anticipation of the pain which is in the chest.  It feels sore and bruised and relief is found by holding the chest when coughing.

Bryonia
Cough brought on by moving from cold to warm room, eating and drinking (although there is a great thirst).  It is a dry cough, worse from deep breathing and movement.  Patient has to sit up in bed to cough.

Antimonium tartaricum
The distinguishing feature is the slow appearance of the rash accompanied by a cough which is loud, whooping, rattling-and mucus is difficult to cough up (bronchitis).

Carbo vegetablis
Whooping, violent, gagging, spasmodic cough (useful in first stage of whooping cough).  Vomiting mucus at end of cough.  Breathing may be fast and wheezing.  Face looks cold, bluish and pinched with a cold sweat.

Ipecac
The child needing Ipecac still loses breath and goes blue during the coughing.  It is a choking cough, dry, and in fits with vomiting.  They frequently feel nauseous and often nosebleeds accompany the cough.

Coccus Cacti
Cough is worse in a warm stuffy room and around 11:30pm.  Inability to clear mucus in the throat provokes the cough.  Stringy mucus (excreted from the mouth), vomiting clear ropy mucus to the floor.  Sips of water help. 

Drosera rotundifolia
One of the main remedies for whooping cough.  Cough starts on lying down.  It is spasmodic and the paroxysms follow each other rapidly, may leave the child breathless.  There may be retching and vomiting with cough.  Cough is barking, deep, tormenting, and makes patient hold the chest when coughing.

Other useful remedies are: Antimonium crudum, Arsenicum, and Belladonna.




DOSAGE:  Frequency of dose depends on the severity of the attack. 
In severe cases of fevers, bleeding, vomiting etc, it may be necessary to repeat the dose every half hour.  Otherwise:

Take one tablet of the 6c potency (dissolve under the tongue 20 minutes away from food) three times per day until certain improvement is maintained.
Then stop taking the remedy.

If symptoms, although less severe, continue despite the remedy, take the 30c potency of the same remedy.  If there is no improvement after this then try another remedy.

Try not to touch the remedy and avoid strong tastes, essential oils, and strong spices which antidote the remedy.

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