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Chicken pox is a common childhood viral
illness. Many cases are mild; however, those that are uncomfortable
can often be helped with homeopathy. Fatigue and low fever typically
begin ten days to three weeks from the time of exposure. A flat red
rash comes out, transforms into pimples, then develops into blisters
that eventually break and harden into itchy crusts. If fever is very
high and persistent, or if a person seems to be extremely ill, it is
best to consult a physician.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Antimonium tartaricum: This remedy
may be indicated when eruptions are large and slow to emerge. The
child feels sweaty, fussy, and may be nauseous with a white-coated
tongue. If chest congestion with a rattling cough develops, or a
bubbly sound on breathing, Antimonium tart is likely to be
the appropriate remedy.
Antimonium crudum: A child who
needs this remedy usually is irritable and may object to being
touched or looked at. The eruptions are sore, and touching them may
bring on shooting pains.
Apis mellifica: When this remedy is
indicated, the skin around the eruptions is pink and puffy and very
itchy, with stinging pains. The eyelids may also be swollen. The
person feels worse from warmth, is irritable, and usually is not
Belladonna: This remedy is
indicated when a child is hot and feverish, with a red flushed face,
and eyes that are sensitive to light. A pounding headache may be
felt, accompanied by either restlessness or drowsiness. The rash
usually is red, with a feeling of heat and throbbing.
Bryonia: When fever persists for
several days during chicken pox, and a dry nagging cough develops,
this remedy may be useful. The person’s mouth is dry, with thirst
for long cold drinks. The person may be very grumpy, feel worse from
motion, and dislike being interfered with in any way.
Mercurius solubilis: This remedy
may be indicated if eruptions are large and become infected. The
child is very sensitive to temperature changes and feels worse at
night. Perspiration and drooling during sleep, swollen lymph nodes,
and offensive breath are strong indications for Mercurius.
Pulsatilla: A child who needs this
remedy is often sweet and tearful when ill and wants a lot of
attention and comforting. Itching and other discomforts are worse
from warmth and in stuffy rooms, and improved by cool fresh air. The
person is rarely thirsty, even during fever.
Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is
useful in cases of chicken pox with tremendous itching that is worse
from scratching and relieved by warm baths or applying heat. The
child may be very restless, both physically and mentally. The eyes
may become inflamed and sticky. Muscles can ache and feel very
stiff, also relieved by warmth and gentle motion. (Some homeopathic
physicians recommend Rhus tox to people who have been exposed
to chicken pox, to help prevent infection.)
Sulphur: If itching is so severe
that the person finds it impossible to keep from scratching—or if
eruptions have a nagging, burning pain—this remedy may bring
relief. The symptoms (and the person) become worse from warmth and
aggravated after bathing. Both heat and chills are felt during
fever. The person may feel drowsy in the afternoon and restless and
hot at night.
Urtica urens: Eruptions with
stinging, burning pain and itching may be relieved by this remedy.
Symptoms are aggravated by exertion and from overheating.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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