Dewey gives the common homeopathy remedies for the treatment of Abscess in an easy question-answer format. …

What remedy is most often indicated in the beginning of Abscess? Give the symptoms.

Belladonna. The parts are bright red,. the swelling appears suddenly and is rapid, the pus developing with lighting-like rapidity. There is a throbbing sensation which is intense and sudden and the pain are apt to cease as suddenly as they appeared. Acute abscesses.

Wherein do Hepar Sulphur, Calcium sulphide and Calcarea sulphurica differ in chemical composition?

Hepar is a combination of flowers of sulphur and lime from the middle layer of the oyster shell. it is an impure Sulphide of Calcium.

Calcium sulphide is the chemically pure article.

Calcarea sulphurica is the Sulphate of Calcium or Gypsum.

Give indications for these three remedies in abscess,.

Hepar when there are chills indicating beginning of suppuration, with throbbing and sharp sticking pains; given low in threatening suppuration it favors it, but given high it will often abort it.

Calcium sulphide is a make-shift for Hepar, it has not been proved.

Calcarea sulphurica has not been thoroughly proved, but clinically it has been found useful in cases of abscess where the suppuration is prolonged. the presence of pus with a vent is an indication. It comes in after Silicea.

When is Silicea indicated in suppuration?

In conditions where the suppuration continues and the wound refuses to heal; the process is an indolent and a sluggish one. The discharge is apt to be thin and watery.

How does silicea differ from Calcarea sulphurica in the suppurative process?

Silicea promotes suppuration and brings the suppurative process to maturity. Calcarea sulphurica checks suppuration and promotes healthy granulation. It lacks also the fetor of Silicea.

When should Mercurius be given in abscess?

It is indicated after Belladonna, when pus has formed and needs to be evacuated. It favors the rapid formation of pus, Glandular abscesses especially call for Mercurius. There is intense shining redness, with throbbing and stinging pains.

What are the relations of Mercurius and silicea.

They do not follow each other well, hence much be carefully distinguished.

Give indications for Lachesis in Abscess.

In low conditions of abscess when the pus is thin, dark, and offensive in character. The inflamed parts are purplish in color. Abscesses from poisonous matter introduced into the system.

When should Sulphur be given?

In chronic cases when the discharge is profuse, with emaciation and hectic fever. Abscesses in scrofulous persons where there is a marked psoric taint.

What are some other remedies especially useful; in Scrofulous abscesses?

Calcarea carb., and if about the glands of the neck Calcarea iod.

Besides Lachesis, what remedies may be indicted in low conditions of Abscess by general symptoms?

Arsenic, Rhus tox, and Carbo veg.

What external applications are useful and non0-compatible with Homoeopathic treatment.?

The application of heat, as poultices or hot water, relaxes and soothes the parts and favors the formation and discharge of pus.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.