Sulphur [Sulph]

      Is also a remedy which may be used with the greatest benefit in abscesses and suppuration; especially is it useful in chronic cases where the discharge is profuse, accompanied with emaciation and hectic fever. Abscesses in scrofulous persons, where there is a marked psoric taint and a tendency to boils, correspond to **Sulphur. The pus is acrid and excoriating. Crops of boils in various parts of the body indicate the remedy well. **Lycopodium has also been found useful in boils which are greatly aggravated by poultices.

Arnica [Arn]

      Is the remedy where abscesses and boils do not mature; they shrivel up, then another crop comes; **Arnica will often develop the abscess, carrying it on to a discharge of the pus and a cure of the trouble. Boils coming in crops call for **Arnica; they are ***very sore, purplish in color; also blood boils which are very sore.

**Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea iodata (especially in abscess of the cervical glands scrofulous in nature), **Asafoetida, Calendula (traumatic suppuration), and a number of other remedies may perchance be indicated in suppuration and abscess. With **Calendula the pus is thick and yellow, not attended with active inflammation. The symptoms, unhealthy skin, every little wound or scratch suppurates, are found under **Hepar, Silicea, **Calcarea carbonica and Graphites. Grauvogl considered **Arnica as a remedy to prevent suppuration, and particularly to hinder the absorption of pus and so prevent pyaemia.

Rhus toxicodendron [Rhus-t]

      **Is a very useful remedy in acute suppuration; especially has it been found useful in suppurative conditions about the eye. It has proved curative in abscesses about the parotid and axillary glands; the pus is bloody and serous, the pain is intense, and the swelling is dark red. **Rhus corresponds very closely to septicaemia.

Echinacea [Echi]

Has achieved a well merited reputation in suppurative conditions, especially where symptoms of blood poisoning are present. There is no question as to its efficacy.

Nitric acid [Nit-ac]

      May also come in suppurations about the glands, especially the inguinal or axillary, in syphilitic subjects, and when the discharge is offensive, excoriating and of a dirty, greenish yellow colour. Suppurations is mastoid process.

**Kali iodatum must also be thought of in syphilitic or scrofulous cases.

**Phosphorus is often useful in abscesses about the bones, and here we will find **Aurum, Asafoetida, Pulsatilla, Calcarea phosphorica, Calcarea fluorica and Manganum special remedies.

**Pyrogen according to Dr. W. E. Leonard is invaluable as remedy in recurring abscess conditions. It will clean up the system and prevent a recurrence.

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.