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Rashes that come on from exposure to
sunlight are seen in the symptom pictures of several remedies. Other
remedies are suited to individuals who feel worse from the sun in
general, having rashes, headaches, dizziness, tiredness, and other
symptoms. If sensitivity to sunlight seems to be hereditary, a side
effect of medication, or associated with an autoimmune condition
such as lupus, the cause should be taken into account, and a
doctor’s care should be sought. Remedies listed here are sometimes
helpful as first-aid in moderate situations. Deep-seated or chronic
problems are best approached through constitutional care, with the
help of an experienced practitioner.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aconitum napellus: If a rash breaks
out suddenly and the person feels extremely anxious and
apprehensive, this remedy may be indicated. Exposure to sunlight, or
being out on a cold dry windy day, may precipitate symptoms. The
rash may feel numb or itch, and stimulants may reduce the itching.
Belladonna: This remedy is
indicated when a feeling of heat accompanies a bright red rash that
comes on intensely and suddenly. The person’s face is flushed, and
pulsations may be felt in the head or other parts of the body.
Camphora: This remedy can be
helpful for a rash that comes from sun exposure (and is sometimes
also used in sunstroke). A guiding indication for this remedy is a
feeling of general coldness and sensitivity, despite which the
person does not want to be covered.
Natrum carbonicum: When
this remedy is indicated, a blistery rash comes up in patches, and
the person feels tired or ill from being in the sun. A person who
needs this remedy also tends to be sensitive to weather changes and
allergic to many foods, especially milk.
Natrum muriaticum: A
person who needs this remedy may feel tired and weak after being in
the sun, developing headaches and a blotchy or hive-like rash that
itches and burns. Strong thirst, a craving for salt, and a private
or reserved personality are other confirmations for this remedy
blistery-looking rash with itching that changes locations from
scratching suggests the use of this remedy. Staphysagria is
often suited to individuals who are very sensitive emotionally and
strongly affected by insults or embarrassment.
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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