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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.

CAUSES 
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.


HOW CAN THIS PROBLEM BE AVOIDED?
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.

THE TREATMENT FOR ANAL ITCH

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
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.

PETROLEUM
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
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.

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



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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Homeopathy works best for Dry & Painful cracks on the soles


 Homeopathy works best for Dry & Painful cracks on the soles





Dryness of the skin and cracks on the soles and feet are a common problem to persons of any age and any ethnic origin. The skin looks unhealthy and unhygienic, even though the person takes all possible care and precaution. However, this is the result of loss of proper nourishment and lack of good grooming habits. 
Even we, human beings shed our skin. It might appear strange but most of dust that surrounds us in the air contains dead-skin particles; indicating the fact that our skin keeps on discarding the dead-cells, compensating the loss through regeneration of fresh cells, continuously during one’s lifetime. However, this process of regeneration slows down, as one gets aged. Skin also has the competence to protect itself, as also the internal organs against the vagaries of the nature. Even if the climate is cold or hot, the skin has the capacity to adapt and protect.

Causative factors for cracked feet:

  • Diseases and Disorders-Athlete’s foot, Psoriasis, Eczema, Thyroid disease, Diabetes and some other skin conditions may also cause cracked heels.
  • Being overweight can put a lot of pressure on the heel of a person’s foot.
  • Skin condition/diseases such as diabetes, psoriasis or eczema, cause people to suffer from dry skin, and dry skin that is responsible for cracked feet.
  • Dry skin or xerosis is one of the most common causes that lead to cracked heels.
  • Hard floors may also cause cracks in the feet. Standing for prolonged periods in a damp area such as a bathroom can cause dry and cracked heels.
  • Deficiency of vitamins, minerals and zinc
  • Continuous exposure to water



Symptoms
  • Surface on the skin are simple indicators of a faulty internal activity or an external abuse.
  • Red or Flaky Patches on feet
  • Peeling and Cracked Skin: This symptom generally follows the red or flaky skin. Peeling cracked skin is a definite sign of dry cracked heels and immediate measures must be taken to remedy the condition
  • Itchy skin is caused by the abnormal shrinking of the upper layers of dry skin. This excessive shrinking causes the stretching of the skin below and around the affected areas and this results in general discomfort and itching.
  • Bleeding or discharge from cracks in heels is a very serious problem as it indicates that the cracks not only affect the upper layers of the skin but also the lower layers of tissue. Deep cracks in the heels will also increase an individual’s risk of suffering from a skin infection in this area


Extreme conditions of surrounding atmosphere and improper care to the skin can result in dryness and disease. Dry skin could be also result because of excess usage of soap, which clears away the greasy protection of the skin that is produced as oil by the skin-glands. Psycho-somatic relationship cannot be ruled out in diseases of the skin. Emotional crises often lead to disruption of health, which is precipitated by climatic conditions like sunlight, snow, rain water, or the like, manifesting as a skin-disease.

 Homeopathy approch
Skin disease can express in many forms. Cracks are most common, affecting the skin on the lips or in the palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. They might even bleed, and cause pain and suffering.
  1. PETROLEUM: The medicine is made from this ‘CRUDE ROCK OIL’, which has that smell and taste. This is used as a remedy when the skin looks dry, rough and cracked, with sensitivity to even the slightest scratch. Winter fissures, cracks and peeling of skin can be relieved by the dosage of petroleum.
  2. GRAPHITES: This is a mineral which is used as a medicine, effectively useful in skin affections with severe itching due to persistent dryness. Painful cracks and fissures in the ends of fingers, cracks in nipples, mouth and between fingers and toes could be brought to normal health by administration of this homoeo remedy. It is commonly known as ‘Black Lead’, which occurs as a black grey, soft gelatinous solid. This could be used as a preventive, when the skin just appears to crack with an unhealthy look. It also helps to cure dry skin with ulcers that discharge sticky fluid.
  3. SULPHUR: It is the sublimated elemental sulphur, which is converted and used as medicine, in most therapies and practices of medicine. Homoeo also uses this, to relieve skin troubles that look very dirty, unhealthy and extremely dry. Cracks that develop in the lips and corners of the mouth with much dryness can be relieved with this remedy.
  4. Acid.nit: Crackling of feet with bleeding on washing. Foetid foot sweat causing soreness of toes.Cold, blue nails. Chill blains on feet and toes.Splincter like pains.
  5.  Sarsaparilla Sarsaparilla Officinalis is a useful homeopathic treatment for cracked skin that appears on the sides of the fingers and toes. In such cases, the cracks are very deep. Pain, itching, and burning accompany such cracks. Sarsaparilla is also an excellent choice of homeopathic medicine for treating dry, hard and indurated skin . Skin complaints arising in the summer are also treated very effectively with Sarsaparilla Officinalis
 commonly used in cases of cracks or fissures are Acid nit, Antim-crud, Apis mel, Ars alb, Bacillinum, Borax, Carbo animalis, Graphites, Hepar sulph, Hydrocotyle, Kali ars, Kali bich, Kali Brom, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Medorrhinum, Merc sol, Nat mur, Opium, Petroleum, Psorinum, Pulsatilla, Pyrogen, Ranunculosis bulbosis, Rhus tox, Silicea, Sulphur, Thuja, Tuberculinum, etc.. These Medicines should be taken under the advice and diagnosis of a qualified Homeopath
Other medicines like Antimonium Crudum and Natrum Muriaticum also help in solving most skin troubles.

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