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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Homeopathy remedies for Bad Breath ( Halitosis )

Halitosis (malodor, fetor oris or simply bad breath), an unpleasant offensive odour from the mouth, is something you can’t ignore. Close associates, friends and family would certainly agree!
Halitosis affects an estimated 25-30 percent of people globally. It can cause social awkwardness and self-esteem issues leading to anxiety or depression. Many bad breathers tend to keep away from the society. It can even ruin relationships.
Could your bad breath be from poor oral hygiene, an underlying health problem, certain medications or simply from savoring food generously tossed with onion or garlic? Regardless, you can take steps to prevent and treat the condition, both at home and with the help of your dentist or physician.

 causes of bad breath

 Foods and beverages: What you eat and drink affect your breath. Foods are absorbed into your bloodstream and move to the lungs, affecting the air your exhale. Though brushing or using mouthwash can briefly mask the odor but halitosis persists until the offender is out of your body. Eating strong flavoured foods, such as onions, garlic, some cheese, certain fish and meat can cause your breath to smell, as can coffee, smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol.

 Dry mouth: Saliva is needed to cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria. If you don’t have enough of it, consider yourself in for bad breath.Your mouth can get dry if you snore or sleep with your mouth open. It makes it a perfect home to harbor bacteria that cause “morning breath.” You’re more likely to snore if you sleep on your back, than on your side. 
Regularly skipping meals, or fasting, can also reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth causing a “hunger breath” of sulfuric odor. Dieters eating too infrequently can experience this.
Dehydration can also lead to not-so-fresh breath.

 Lack of oral hygiene: When you don’t thoroughly clean your teeth, gums, and tongue daily, bad breath may result from the remnant bits of decaying food and built up bacteria in your mouth.
Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) from poor dental hygiene can also cause bad breath and a metallic taste.

 Upper respiratory Infections: Colds and coughs can send mucus filled with bacteria through your nose and mouth, affecting your breath. A ‘cheesy breath’ indicates a nasal origin. It usually goes away once you get over your cold.
Bad breath due to sinusitis, nasal polyp and post-nasal drip linger on as they encourage the build-up of microbes.Sometimes food debris gets caught in the crevices of your tonsils along with mucus, metabolities and bacteria. They eventually harden to form tonsil stones or tonsoliths that irritate your throat. Bad breath that accompanies a tonsil infection is a prime indicator of a tonsil stone.

Chronic lung infection: Cystic fibrosis, asthma and bronchitis have a distinct ‘acidic odor’ associated with them.
Lung cancer usually emits a distinct breath odor (so much so that breath is now being used in it’s early detection).

 Liver disease: Liver cirrhosis may cause a breath odor similar to ‘decayed blood or rotten eggs’. Fetor hepaticus – a ‘sweet and musty’ breath points towards liver failure. You might also have other symptoms, including jaundice, due to an abnormal buildup of the naturally occuring pigment bilirubin in your system.

 Gastrointestinal problems: Acid Reflux makes the stomach acid flow the wrong way, back into your food pipe. It can give your breath a ‘sour smell’ and bring up bits of food or liquid into your mouth. The acid also can damage your throat and mouth, making it a breeding ground for more smelly bacteria.H. Pylori, a kind of bacteria linked to stomach cancer and ulcers, can cause ‘stinky breath’. In addition, you can also have nausea, heartburn, stomachache or indigestion. You can get rid of this stubborn bacteria with a long course of medication.
A ‘fecal odor’ may point towards severe constipation or bowel obstruction.

Diabetes: Diabetics suffer from inadequate insulin production, causing them to burn fat (instead of sugar) and produce ketones, and thus a ‘ketone breath’ that smells of nail paint. When ketones rise to unsafe levels (uncontrolled diabetes), you’re at risk of a dangerous condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). It imparts a ‘sweet n fruity odor’ to your breath. Seek medical help immediately.

Kidney Failure: Your breath smells ‘fishy’ or ‘ammonia’ like, with a metallic taste in the mouth if your kidneys can’t get rid of waste like they should. Known as ‘uremic fetor’, the high amount of urea in the saliva and its breakdown to ammonia causes the smell. It’s most common in the last stages of kidney failure, known as end-stage renal disease (ESRD). At this point, you are put on dialysis to filter your blood or you may need a kidney transplant.
Menstruation: If temporary halitosis tends to arrive at the same time as your premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pin it down to your hormones. Researches report that women have lower saliva levels during menstruation, which may account for their bad breath.

 Medication: Some medicines cause bad breath because they dry out your mouth.
Others like nitrates that treat heart conditions, chemotherapy for cancer, and some sleep aids, release chemicals that can make your breath smell when they break down in your body. This also can happen if you take too many vitamins.

Preventing and Treating Bad Breath

There are a number of simple things you can do to remedy bad breath.
  • Keep track of the foods you eat and try to:
    • Avoid foods and beverages that cause bad breath.
    • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
    • Drink more water.
  • Quit smoking. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Suck on sugar-free mints or mouth-wetting lozenges if your mouth tends to get dry.
  • Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with fluoride toothpaste, preferably after each meal. Make sure to reach the gum line as well as tooth surfaces.
  • Change your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day.
  • It’s possible to carefully dislodge a tonsil stone at home with a toothbrush or cotton swab. Do not attempt to use sharp instruments. Gargling with warm saline water after you eat helps. Talk to your doctor if you get them often.
  • If you wear dentures, remove them while you sleep. Brush and soak them during the night in a disinfecting solution.
  • Clean braces and retainers as directed by your dentist.

Homoeopathy For Bad Breath

Various Homoeopathic remedies given for bad breath on a holistic approach are:
    1. Pulsatilla: If you have bad breath with a dry mouth due to decreased salivary secretions, Pulsatilla is a very effective remedy.
    2. Merc sol: Is good if you have a sweet, metallic taste in mouth and spongy gums that recede and bleed easily. Most recommended if you have overactive salivary glands with a constantly moist mouth. Also useful for bad breath from dental cavities.
    3. Carbo veg: If bad breath results from infections such as gingivitis causing bleeding and pus discharge from the gums, its Carbo veg.
    4. Carbolic acid: Severe bad breath along with constipation, burning in the mouth, dry painful lips, bloated abdomen, cramps and nausea.
    5. Kreosote: Bad breath from dental caries. There can also be bleeding from your gums due to teeth decay.
    6. Belladonna: Bad breath resulting from a throat infection. There may be accompanying fever.
    7. Nux vomica: Bad breath along with cold. Also effective in indigestion and constipation.
    8. Arnica Montana: This homoeopathic remedy is good for fetid breath after tooth extraction or injury, due to bleeding or decaying blood.
    9. Nitric acid: Spongy, bleeding gums with loose teeth, clean tongue. Halitosis related to kidney disorders. Systemic weakness and a strong-smelling urine.
    10. Borax: Bad breath linked with aphthous ulcers in the mouth which might bleed on touch. Also good for fungal infection in the mouth.
    11. Pyrogen: Is effective for bad breath of septic origin. Terribly fetid taste with horrible breath, tongue red, dry, smooth as if varnished. There is high grade fever and coffee-ground vomiting.
    12. Iodum: Surely works for halitosis associated with loose teeth and spongy bleeding gums. Foul ulcers & excessive salivation.
    13. Asafoetida: Is effective for bad breath linked with incessant belching, distension of abdomen and fetid flatus.
    14. Graphites: Is specific for rotten odor from mouth. Breath smells like urine. Burning blisters on tongue with much salivation. Kidney diseases.
    15. Kali Chlor: For halitosis due to follicular stomatitis and most acute ulcerations in the mouth.

Dr Ranu ,phatak materia medica

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Homeopathy Remedies for Anal Itch (Pruritus Ani )

 Homeopathy Remedies for Anal Itch (Pruritus Ani )

A lot of people suffer from anal itch. It is a very common problem because the skin around the anal opening is prone to getting infected and affected. This area is where we pass over daily stools from and keeping it clean and dry is always a problem. The skin is in folds, which allows tiny faecal particles to get trapped. These faecal particles are infectious, cause irritation and inflammation of the area. When this skin becomes irritated the person feels like scratching to relieve it. However this damages the skin further and starts what is know as the itch-scratch cycle.

There are a number of reasons for the skin near the anal opening to become irritated and inflamed. Here are the most common ones.
1. Skin Problems - this is one of the main reasons for itching around the anus. If there is already an underlying skin problem like psoriasis or eczema the skin is prone to getting irritated causing itching to occur.
2. Skin Infections- a number of infections can cause this problem. Fungal infections are the commonest of the lot. They thrive in areas of the body, which are damp, warm and moist. Damaging the skin by itching allows the fungi to multiply making the problem worse.
3. Threadworms or Pinworms - another very common problem seen in practice is worm infections. These worms live in the rectum and at night the female worms come out of the anus and lay their eggs on the skin around the anus causing a lot of irritation and encourages the person to scratch.
4. Sexually Transmitted Infections - these infections occasionally cause itching around the anus. Genital warts caused by Human Papilloma virus thrive in warm moist conditions like those present around the anus causing itching. Another infection is the Herpes Simplex virus infection. These infections are sexually transmitted and therefore can be prevented.
5. Creams and other applications - applying certain creams and ointments can give rise to this problem. If you have an underlying skin problem and have been prescribed a medicated ointment then beware of anal itching. This is one of the main side effects of using these external applications.
6. Washing too much or too little - we always advise all our patients to maintain a high level of hygiene. Always wash your anal area after passing stool or urine with water and wipe yourself dry. However too much washing and scrubbing can actually give rise to this problem too. Avoid using perfumed and harsh soaps while washing.
7. Foods that cause irritation - some foodstuffs can cause irritation of the rectal area while passing stools. Spicy foods like curry, hot sauces, pepper etc… , certain fruits like citrus fruits and grapes, tomatoes, coffee and other caffeinated beverages are known to cause irritation on the anal skin. Alcohol especially beer is another known cause.
8. Other medical problems - a number of health problems especially those involving the gastrointestinal system are known to cause problems around the anus. Diarrhoea and constipation are one of the main causes. While passing a hard stool and straining small tears of the anal skin occur which creates problems. Piles and skin tags are another cause for irritation. A fistula around the anus oozes a discharge, which can keep the area moist and promote itching.
9. Antibiotics and other medication - repeated use or abuse of antibiotics not only kills the harmful bacteria but also destroys the useful bacteria which keeps the yeast infections under control. Hence the yeast multiply and cause itching and other problems.
10. Diabetes and other chronic problems - chronic health problems and infections, which reduce the immunity of the individual make the person prone to acquiring certain infections.

Anal itch can be avoided by taking care of yourself and the skin around the anus by following the tips given below.
1. Keep the area clean and hygienic - this point is most important. You have to constantly be aware of your hygiene. After passing stool or urine always wash the area with water. If possible use a hand shower or bidet as this enables the area to be thoroughly washed. Then use a non-perfumed, white toilet paper to wipe the area clean. Do not rub vigorously or use a cloth, which may irritate the area more. Always wipe from front to back and not the other way round.
2. Soap and detergent - use a mild soap, which is especially for sensitive skin and should be non-perfumed. Make sure that all the soap is washed off properly. While choosing a detergent look at the label and see whether it is sensitive skin. Harsh or too much detergent can also cause irritation of the skin around anus leading to itching.
3. Moisture - it is very important to keep that area dry. If you have a tendency to perspire a lot in that area change your underwear more often. It is always a good idea to change your underwear twice a day anyway. Wear only cotton underwear and avoid synthetic ones. Avoid tights, stockings, tight jeans and trousers as it does not allow air to circulate and accumulates moistures.
4. Avoid ointments, creams and powders - these things make the skin soggy and prone to getting infected and irritated. Powder tends to form small lumps in the crevices. You might be allergic to certain fragrance or perfume in these external applications.
5. Keep your nails cut - if you have a tendency to itch your anal area cut your nails short. This will prevent damage of the skin and prevent you from getting oro-rectal infections like worms.
6. Avoid diarrhoea and constipation - maintain healthy dietary habits like drinking pure water throughout the day and eating enough fiber in your diet in order to prevent constipation. Be very careful while eating or drinking something outside. Always boil or purify the water you drink, remember half the infections are acquired by drinking contaminated water especially diarrhoea. Do not eat any raw food or dairy products outside.
7. Underlying health problem - if you have any skin problem like eczema or psoriasis do not ignore it. Get proper treatment and cure for these problems. If you are diabetic then take care of your sugar levels. It is very important to avoid sexually acquired diseases because once acquired they become very difficult to treat and some like HIV have no known cure as yet.


As I have explained earlier, Anal itch is a symptom of an underlying problem and a number of different problems can cause it. It can be due to piles or worms or any other infection. There could already be a skin problem, which could be the cause. Therefore the Homoeopathic physician should first take the entire history in detail taking into account the person's constitution and other health problems. If there is diabetes then the person has to bring the sugar levels within the normal range. Advise on hygiene and self-care must be given to all the patients. Here are a few drugs, which have proven very effective in curing the Anal itch.

Homeopathy Remedies 

Sulphur is one of the most important remedies in our Materia Medica and is used often because of its effectiveness. It has special affinity of the gastro-intestinal system and the rectal area. The sulphur patient will complain of intense itching and burning of the anus. One look at him or her and you can tell from the shabby, unkempt appearance that this is a sulphur patient.
There is frequent desire to itch and redness of the anus is a characteristic of this drug. Here the cause could be piles or some skin problem like eczema. Or could be either diarrhoea or constipation where there is frequent urge but the patient does not feel satisfied even after passing stool. Sulphur is even useful in cases of threadworms, which could be irritating the area around anus.
The causes may be different but the Sulphur patient is always worse by bathing and being heated.

This remedy is more known for its effectiveness in treating skin problems. Therefore if there is an underlying skin problem, which seems to be the cause of the anal itch, think of this remedy. Also if the itching is due to piles or fissures with violent itching you must think of this drug. The around the anus appears dry, rough, cracked, which bleeds easily. This itching is worse at night and especially during winter season.
Petroleum has a very peculiar type of diarrhoea. It is watery, gushing, only in the daytime and it causes itching of the anal region. Diarrhoea could be caused by eating something like cabbage or during pregnancy the woman suffers from this type of diarrhoea.

Nitric acid has great affinity for the rectal and anal areas. Here the rectal and anal problems could be because of piles or fissures. Here the patient will complaint of tearing pain while passing stool. This pain remains for hours after passing the stool. The piles bleed easily and could be prolapsed.
The anal itching could also be due to eczematous skin problems. Here there is oozing of a discharge on itching. There may even be bleeding due to the scratching.
Here walking or the slightest touch makes the condition worse. Night time and heat of the bed aggravates the problem. Peculiarly applying something hot gives relief.

 extensive fungal infection of the genital area including the anal region. There was intense itching and on examination the skin 

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