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Rashes are often caused by contact with an
irritating substance (oil from poison oak or ivy plants, ingredients
in cleaning products and cosmetics, chemicals in swimming pools or
hot tubs, pollutants in the air and water, etc.). Some have viral
causes (such as roseola, rubella, measles), and others appear for no
apparent reason. If possible, the cause of a rash should be
determined and removed. Homeopathic remedies can be useful in many
cases, to soothe the itching, inflammation, and discomfort.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Anacardium orientale: This remedy
is often helpful for rashes that come from poison oak, or other
kinds of contact dermatitis. An intensely itching rash with swelling
and fluid-filled blisters may appear. Itching is worse from applying
heat or contact with hot water.
Apis: When a rash is the result of
an allergic reaction and takes the form of hives, or if a rash is
very pink and swollen with burning or stinging pain, this remedy may
be useful. Discomfort and swelling are relieved by cold
Belladonna: This remedy is useful
for conditions with sudden onset that are hot, bright red, and
throbbing. Rash may be accompanied by fever.
A bumpy, hot, and dry rash may respond to this remedy. Discomfort
may be worse from heat and touch, although applying pressure or
lying on the affected side often soothes the itching. If illness
accompanies the rash, the person wants to lie completely still and
be left alone.
Rashes with eruptions that ooze a sticky golden fluid, then crust
over, may be relieved with this remedy. Itching is worse from warmth
and worse at night.
This remedy is indicated for a puffy and swollen rash. Both the
swelling and the itching are relieved by cold applications.
This remedy is often helpful to people with chronic rashes at the
margin of the scalp or in the bends of the knees and elbows. The
skin is oily in most areas, but the rash looks dry and scaly.
Itching is often worse from physical exertion and the person may
feel worse from being in the sun. Natrum muriaticum can also
help if hives break out during emotional stress, especially grief or
romantic disappointment. A person who needs this remedy often has a
tendency toward herpes.
Rhus toxicodendron: A blistery rash
that burns and itches intensely, and is much improved by applying
heat or bathing in hot water, may be relieved by this remedy. The
person usually is very restless, wanting to pace or constantly move
Dry skin with a scaly reddish or brownish rash suggests a need for
this remedy. The person may be chilly and better from keeping
warm—but getting too warm under covers or clothing, and especially
sweating, makes the itching worse.
Red, irritated, itchy, burning rashes that are aggravated by heat
and washing may respond to this remedy. The touch of clothing,
especially wool, can cause a rash or make it worse. Scratching seems
irresistible, but disrupts and irritates the skin. Eruptions may be
dry and scaly, or moist and infection-prone.
Eruptions that resemble nettle-rash, with blotches that sting and
burn intensely, may be soothed by this remedy. Scratching makes the
symptoms worse. Applying cold or water may aggravate the condition.
Rashes that come out from eating shellfish, from being overheated,
or along with rheumatism often bring this remedy to mind.
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.
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