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what you need to know about "impetigo remedies"
(in descending order of importance)

Impetigo:

ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM (Ant-c)
(ants like honey)
*the most commonly-indicated remedy in impetigo (50-60%)
*may be very difficult to differentiate between this and other common impetigo remedies
**locality - corners of mouth or directly below, chin, philtrae: often sev small focal "islands"
*deep cracks, with **thickening of skin around the cracking
*discharge - thin oozing yellow/**honey-colored discharge
*crusting - discharge crusts to small yellow to honey-colored crystals
*< heat, < bathing, < at night
*burning pains (not often useful: kids may not describe)

GRAPHITES (Graph)
(very similar in many respects to Ant-c; less common in clinical practice)
(more in chronic eczema)
*same localities, *same modalities
*similar cracks & thickening
*discharge thicker, more honey-like
*crusting often **coarser, larger crystals
**itching - may be severe; < warmth

MERCURIUS SOLUBILIS (Merc = Merc-s)
**discharge irritating, destructive
*red, inflamed base surrounding the lesions, burning pain
*abscesses mb bloody, gangrenous
*small pustules, coalescing into crusted ulcerations (not cracks)
*sticky greenish crusted ulcerations
(< heat, < night)
(Merc corr in UTIs)
(in URIs: merc-ir for left and -if)

CINNABARIS (Cinnb)
(a small Mercury salt - compare Merc-s)
*locality - directly under nose
upper part of the philtrum, directly beneath nasal septum
and across under nares
painful

HEPAR SULPH (Hep)
*face, scalp
*extremely sensitive to touch, & to cold air
*stitching, splinter-like pains (again, pain descriptions are typically not very useful in kids)
*moist, foetid discharges (like rotten cheese)
*expect the characteristic angry capricious irritability of Hepar

SULPHUR (Sulph)
*broadly above upper lip; scalp
*not crusted; moist lesions
*large pustules, coalescing, with red base
*< bathing (compare - Ant-c)
*< heat (compare - Ant-c, Graph)

RHUS TOXICODENDRON (Rhus-t)
*about mouth, may extend to chin
*intense itching, > scalding water
*skin raw/irritated, with yellow scabbing, typically excoriated by scratching
*may have begun as small intensely itchy fluid-filled vesicles, some may persist at margins
**> heat

CICUTA VIROSA (Cic)
(not very common, but nasty cases)
*chin, below lower lip
*confluent pustules-->thick yellow scabs
*crusts like dried honey (Ant-c, Graph)
*smooth red under scabs
**not cracked
also for head trauma, siezure disorders, depression following head trauma
"very convulsive remedy"
Amy Winehouse's remedy


MEZERIUM
(Mez)
*scalp
*thick while purulent discharge beneath thick crusts
*intolerable itching, < night

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what you need to know about remedies for boils/furuncles/carbuncles

BELLADONNA (Bell)
*single, isolated boil
*no suppuration, no head, no localization of pus
*tense swelling, deep under the skin
*bright red, local heat from active vascular congestion
*intense throbbing pain/pressure
*exquisitely sensitive to even light touch - seems to get bumped on everything
(compare - may look like an early Sulphur boil)

SULPHUR (Sulph)
*may be single, crops in succession, or carbuncles
*single boils may resemble boils calling for Belladonna early in their evolution
*mature slowly, maturation can be accelerated with warm compresses
*eventually pus will localize & head up; thin, yellow, offensive discharge
(imp in paronychia and abscesses forming around foreign bodies)

PARONYCHIA
beginning in nail = paronychia -->silic and hepar top two
Extremities-felon
Generals-abscesses
Skin-expulsion
Generals-sensitiveness-pain, to
Generals-touch agg

HEPAR SULPH (Hep)
*exquisitely sensitive to touch, & to cold
*sharp, stitching, splinter-like pains
*> heat
*discharges thick, purulent, may be curdled, foetid, like rotten cheese, crumbled feta
*paronychia - one of the most important remedies, perhaps the most common in paronychia
*abscesses about foreign bodies (second perhaps to Silica)
*may be slow to mature & organize pus, slow to come to a head
**accelerated with warm compresses
*will make very satisfactory boil to lance

SILICA (Sil)
*very slow to mature, slow to drain
*may drain over extended periods - slow development, slow resolution
*hard, indurated boils
*stitching, splinter-like pains (not as equisitely sensitive or painful as Hep)
*paronychia - Silica and Hepar account for most of these
*abscesses about foreign bodies (most important remedy here - abscess may take weeks, months, years to form about a retained foreign body)
*pilonidal cysts

ARSENICUM ALBUM (Ars)
*carbuncles
*burning pains (
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what you need to know about "impetigo remedies"
(in descending order of importance)

Impetigo:

ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM (Ant-c)
(ants like honey)
*the most commonly-indicated remedy in impetigo (50-60%)
*may be very difficult to differentiate between this and other common impetigo remedies
**locality - corners of mouth or directly below, chin, philtrae: often sev small focal "islands"
*deep cracks, with **thickening of skin around the cracking
*discharge - thin oozing yellow/**honey-colored discharge
*crusting - discharge crusts to small yellow to honey-colored crystals
*< heat, < bathing, < at night
*burning pains (not often useful: kids may not describe)

GRAPHITES (Graph)
(very similar in many respects to Ant-c; less common in clinical practice)
(more in chronic eczema)
*same localities, *same modalities
*similar cracks & thickening
*discharge thicker, more honey-like
*crusting often **coarser, larger crystals
**itching - may be severe; < warmth

MERCURIUS SOLUBILIS (Merc = Merc-s)
**discharge irritating, destructive
*red, inflamed base surrounding the lesions, burning pain
*abscesses mb bloody, gangrenous
*small pustules, coalescing into crusted ulcerations (not cracks)
*sticky greenish crusted ulcerations
(< heat, < night)
(Merc corr in UTIs)
(in URIs: merc-ir for left and -if)

CINNABARIS (Cinnb)
(a small Mercury salt - compare Merc-s)
*locality - directly under nose
upper part of the philtrum, directly beneath nasal septum
and across under nares
painful

HEPAR SULPH (Hep)
*face, scalp
*extremely sensitive to touch, & to cold air
*stitching, splinter-like pains (again, pain descriptions are typically not very useful in kids)
*moist, foetid discharges (like rotten cheese)
*expect the characteristic angry capricious irritability of Hepar

SULPHUR (Sulph)
*broadly above upper lip; scalp
*not crusted; moist lesions
*large pustules, coalescing, with red base
*< bathing (compare - Ant-c)
*< heat (compare - Ant-c, Graph)

RHUS TOXICODENDRON (Rhus-t)
*about mouth, may extend to chin
*intense itching, > scalding water
*skin raw/irritated, with yellow scabbing, typically excoriated by scratching
*may have begun as small intensely itchy fluid-filled vesicles, some may persist at margins
**> heat

CICUTA VIROSA (Cic)
(not very common, but nasty cases)
*chin, below lower lip
*confluent pustules-->thick yellow scabs
*crusts like dried honey (Ant-c, Graph)
*smooth red under scabs
**not cracked
also for head trauma, siezure disorders, depression following head trauma
"very convulsive remedy"
Amy Winehouse's remedy
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MEZERIUM
(Mez)
*scalp
*thick while purulent discharge beneath thick crusts
*intolerable itching, < night

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what you need to know about remedies for boils/furuncles/carbuncles

BELLADONNA (Bell)
*single, isolated boil
*no suppuration, no head, no localization of pus
*tense swelling, deep under the skin
*bright red, local heat from active vascular congestion
*intense throbbing pain/pressure
*exquisitely sensitive to even light touch - seems to get bumped on everything
(compare - may look like an early Sulphur boil)

SULPHUR (Sulph)
*may be single, crops in succession, or carbuncles
*single boils may resemble boils calling for Belladonna early in their evolution
*mature slowly, maturation can be accelerated with warm compresses
*eventually pus will localize & head up; thin, yellow, offensive discharge
(imp in paronychia and abscesses forming around foreign bodies)

PARONYCHIA
beginning in nail = paronychia -->silic and hepar top two
Extremities-felon
Generals-abscesses
Skin-expulsion
Generals-sensitiveness-pain, to
Generals-touch agg

HEPAR SULPH (Hep)
*exquisitely sensitive to touch, & to cold
*sharp, stitching, splinter-like pains
*> heat
*discharges thick, purulent, may be curdled, foetid, like rotten cheese, crumbled feta
*paronychia - one of the most important remedies, perhaps the most common in paronychia
*abscesses about foreign bodies (second perhaps to Silica)
*may be slow to mature & organize pus, slow to come to a head
**accelerated with warm compresses
*will make very satisfactory boil to lance

SILICA (Sil)
*very slow to mature, slow to drain
*may drain over extended periods - slow development, slow resolution
*hard, indurated boils
*stitching, splinter-like pains (not as equisitely sensitive or painful as Hep)
*paronychia - Silica and Hepar account for most of these
*abscesses about foreign bodies (most important remedy here - abscess may take weeks, months, years to form about a retained foreign body)
*pilonidal cysts

ARSENICUM ALBUM (Ars)
*carbuncles
*burning pains (<cold, >heat)
(contrast - not as seriously destructive as Anthracinum or Tarent-c, other prominent carbuncle remedies with burning pains)

LACHESIS MUTUS (Lach)
*exceedingly painful, purple or dark dusky red
*tense, bursting pain; worse even slight pressure (compare - Vipera; you will not likely confuse this with Belladonna), including weight of light clothing
*often extensive carbuncles with many centers, surrounded by small boils
*always study the other snakes (esp. members of the viperidae) when Lachesis comes up well in analysis - this is the best-known member, by far, of this group of remedies

ANTHRACINUM (Anthraci)
*compare - Tarent-c, Vipera, Ars
*intense burning pains (compare - Tarent-c; typically much more intense than Ars)
*black or deep purple when mature; start out dark purplish red (compare - Tarent-c)
*tense carbuncles; highly destructive; eventually ulcerate to painful (burning) black ulcers (compare - Tarent-c, Vipera)
*important remedy in necrotic wounds - brown recluse spider bites, necrotic staph lesions, &c. (compare - Tarent-c, Vipera)

TARENTULA CUBENSIS (Tarent-c)
Tarent-c is a Cuban Tarantula
not related to Tarentula hispanica, a family Lycosidae wolf spider from Italy
*compare - Anthracinum, Vipera
*intense burning pains (compare - Antracinum; much more intense than Ars)
*carbuncles or crops of boils with black or dark blue discoloration
(compare Antracinum; darker than Lachesis)
*highly destructive; may eventually ulcerate to painful (burning) black ulcers (compare - Antracinum, Vipera)
*important in necrotic wounds: brown recluse bites, necrotic staph lesions
(dance known as the tarantula because bitten pt can't sit still)
not much known about mental emotional sx: only 23 sx recorded
mind-anger, mind-anxiety, mind-fear of accidents, fear of going out
mind-irritable, forgetful, sadness, sympathetic
taciturn or talkative, either one

ARNICA MONTANA (Arn)
*crops of small, painful boils, with generalized soreness
**tender, sore as if bruised
*do not mature (no pus organization) - evolve to a point & subside
*red or bluish discoloration
**strikingly symmetrical distribution if bilateral (strong leader for Arnica if present)

VIPERA BERUS (Vip)
*amazingly destructive lesions
*compare Tarent-c, Antracinum, Lachesis
*carbuncles with bursting pain
*bluish to black discolorations
*<< hanging down - must elevate the affected part

CALC SUPLH OR SILICA FOR pilonidal cyst
**THIS ALSO NOT IN WRITTEN NOTES BUT DISCUSSED AS IF IT MAY BE IMP ON BOARDS
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/pilonidal_cyst/article_em.htm
A pilonidal cyst is a cyst that develops along the tailbone (coccyx) near the cleft of the buttocks. These cysts usually contain hair and skin debris. The term pilonidal is derived from the Latin words pilus (hair) and nidus (nest). Individuals with a pilonidal cyst may not have any symptoms at all (termed asymptomatic), whereas others may develop an infection of the cyst with associated pain and inflammation

TOP BOIL REMEDIES
ars, lach, anth, tarent, arn, vipera

SLOW MATURING BOILS: hepar sulph and sil but also sanic

SANICULA AQUA (SP?)
imagine: spring water bubbling up through geode (Sil)
and trickling through field of Chamomila past skeleton of dead cow (Calc phos)
which died of tuberculus (Tuberculinum)
polychrest in kids today:
kids who are not quiet enough (ADHD, ODD)(Tuberc, Med, Tarent)
fear of downward movement (Borax, psoric, hates stepping off a curb)
craving for OR aversion to MEAT
THIS REMEDY NOT ON TEST BUT HE'S LECTURING AS IF IT MAY WELL BE ON BOARDS

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what you need to know about remedies in cellulitis/erysipelas

PERIORBITAL CELLULITIS
preseptal doesn't involve orbit
postseptal involves orbit-->ER
"I'll do my witchcraft but for this I need what you do." --Dr T to ER doc
"I've had a number of periorbital cellulitis cases where the ER called me and said 'why did you send this case of conjunctivitis to us?' because they were all better." --Dr T
Generals-Inflam-lymphatic vessels
(good sized rubric)
(red streaks of cellulitis)

APIS MELIFERA (Apis)
*one of the two most commonly-encountered remedies in periorbital cellulitis
*edematous swelling; typical Apis sensations & modalities
*water baloon swelling
*wants cool compress or open air

RHUS TOXICODENDRON (Rhus-t)
*one of the two most commonly-encountered remedies in periorbital cellulitis
*dusky red discoloration
*possible vessicles
*wants warm or very hot compress
*has trouble sitting still

apis and rhus both pre-suppurative

PHYTOLACCA DECANDRA (Phyt)
*suppurative periorbital cellulitis
*purplish discoloration; "vegetable mercury"
*bluish
(phytolacca and mercurius similar)

CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (Calen)
*prophylaxis for, and early/impending suppuration of wounds
*pus coming from stitches
(pain, healing, dehiscence, stitch abscesses; preventive care)

COMMON REMEDIES IN ERYSIPELAS:
Sulphur
Rhus toxicodendron
Ledum
Arnica montana (Arn)

PARTICULARLY NASTY ERYSIPELAS
Echinacea angustifolia (Echi)
Lachesis mutus (Lach)
Vipera berus (Vip)
Pyrogenium (Pyrog)

PYROGENIUM (pyrog)
keynote:
**Generals-pulse-discordant with temperature
(high temp, low pulse)
Echinaceae also in this rubric

LACHESIS
purplish or dark
sensitive neck
inflam of wounds esp hands
heat of wound, septic fever, inflam of lymphatic vessels, bursting pains
consider other snakes, Lach is heavily represented

another snake
CROTALUS HORRIDUS
for sepsis with DIC and toxic shock syndrome-->DIC
skin-eruptions-petechiaea
skin-purpura-hemorrhagica
generals-abscesses, acocompanied by-bleeding-uncoagulable
skin-erysipelas
fever-septic

VIPERA
common viper of western Europe
blackness
bursting pain must elevate (isn't this true of all hemotoxic snake bites?)
extremities-pain, bursting sensation
extremities-hang down, letting-limbs-agg
exrremities-discoloration-blackness
extremities-inflam--erysipelatous

CENCRHIS
copperhead/cottonhead

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