Fungal infections and homoeopathic management

Dr Mohd. Salauddin1  Dr Truptida Sahu2               

ABSTRACT
A healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. In skin, fungal infections are the most common skin disorders. These infections are common among any age group. There are many types of fungal infections. They can be permanently cure by taking proper medication and by management.

The aim of this article is to describe briefly about fungal infections and its homoeopathic management.

KEYWORDS – Skin, fungus, Homoeopathy

INTRODUCTION
‘Beautifully charming skin is perceptible to senses and is be seen by everybody who is not even a physician. But what a physician can see that others may not’.

FUNGAL DISEASES OF THE SKIN
Mycology is the branch of biology that deals with the study of fungi. Most of the fungal diseases are not fatal, but once contracted; they may forever be a source of constant irritation and can lead to permanent scarring, which is why they are not such a pretty sight to view.

Fungi are the heterotrophs. So, they derive their nutrition from other complexes organic substances[1]. 

TYPES OF FUNGAL INFECTION

NAME OF THE TYPE LOCATION CONTAGIOUS/NON CONTAGIOUS
TINEA CORPORIS Skin, hair, nails & can appear anywhere on the body. Highly contagious even by touch
TINEA CRURIS (Jock itch) Buttocks & thigh Mildly contagious, spread through direct contact with the affected person
TINEA VERSICOLOR Back, neck, chest & upper arm Not contagious
TINEA UNGIUM/ ONYCHOMYCOSIS Nails or toe nails Contagious
TINEA FACIE Face Highly contagious on sharing towels
TINEA CAPITIS  Scalp Highly contagious on sharing, hat, cap or comb
TINEA PEDIS (Athlete’s foot) Feet  Easily contagious by sharing shoes & shocks with the affected person

PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO AVOID FUNGAL INFECTION

  1. Practice good hygiene habits.
  2. Discard old shoes. Do not share footwear or clothes with others.
  3. Wash your hands, especially after contact with any animal.
  4. Use clean and dry clothes.

HOMOEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT
Homoeopathy, the system of medicine which is based on the axiom “similia similibus curenter” can show its best result on effect on skin affections. In cases of skin diseases no other pathy can work as good as Homoeopathy works. So, in cases of tinea Homoeopathy has shown its marvelous result. 

Homoeopathic medicines can be prescribed constitutionally as well as therapeutically depending on severity and age of the infection.

There are some Homoeopathic medicines which works best in tinea are tabulated below with their symptoms.

Table No. 1

NAME OF MEDICINE LOCATION SENSATION MODALITY CONCOMITANT
NATRUM MURIATICUM Margin of hairy scalp & bends of the joints Itching & burning WORSE – itching after exertion Craving for salt
SEPIA OFFICINALIS whole body itching WORSE – laundry work, after perspiration 

BETTER – warmth of bed and cold bathing

Indifferent to those loved best
TELLURIUM Whole body, single parts, lower limb, scrotum & perineum Intense itching & stinging in the skin WORSE – at night & cold weather Craving for apples
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS Covered parts all over except head Itching with bleeding WORSE – night at 3AM & 3PM, vaccination Fixed ideas
GRAPHITES Whole body Itching with a sticky discharge WORSE – warmth & night                
SULPHUR Whole body Itching with burning heat WORSE – washing, spring time

BETTER – dry weather

Thinks rags beautiful things[2]

CONCLUSION
At the end of the discussion it is concluded that fungal infection can appear at any part of the body and they spread through direct or indirect contact with the infected person. Homoeopathic medicines shows the significant result in treating fungal infections with cost effective and no side effects.

REFERENCES

  1. Sharma N. Role of homoeopathic medicines in the treatment of superficial fungal infections [Doctor of medicine in Homoeopathy]. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur; 2010. 
  2. Boericke W. Pocket manual of homoeopathic materia medica. 9th ed. New Delhi: Indian Books & Periodical Publishers.

Dr. Mohd. Salauddin1  Dr. Truptida Sahu2       
 1HOD, Professor, M.D (Hom).
Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital and Research center.
2Department of Paediatrics (MD Part 1)
Dr. M.P.K. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital and Research center.

1 Comment

  1. I believe in Homeopathy treatment because I got rid off the fungal infection at the private part of the body and thanks for sharing this information.
    Keep sharing post like this.

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