5. DISEASES OF THE EYE AND EAR


How to treat diseases of ear and nose with homeopathic remedies. Learn the homeopathic management of ophthalmia, earache, ottitis media, discharge from the ear, epistaxis etc….


XXIX. Inflammation of the Eyes (Ophthalmia)

Ophthalmia is a general term for inflammation of the lining of the eyelids and the front of the eyeball.

CAUSES. Cold, draughts, and damp; changes of temperature, easterly and north-easterly winds; strong light; heat, smoke, dust, or foreign bodies in the eye. Contact during birth with infectious matter.

SYMPTOMS. Itching or soreness; dread of light; feeling as of sand under the lids; redness of the eyes, with swelling of the vessels; pricking or shooting pains; small swellings or pimples, and scales on the lids; the pains increase in the evening, and on exposure to cold, and there is stickiness of the lids in the morning. In some cases there is a mattery discharge, which may be communicated to another by touch.

REMEDIES. Aconitum. Catarrhal Ophthalmia; the white of the eyes is covered with swollen blood-vessels, which present the appearance of a red network.

Belladonna. Pain, redness, and swelling; throbbing in the temples; flushed cheeks, glistening eyes, and dread of light. Belladonna is often useful in turns with Aconite or Mercurius-Cor.

Mercurius Cor. Copious discharge from the eyes, with much pain; Ophthalmia in new-born infants.

Hepar Sulphur. After the acute symptoms have yielded.

Calcarea carb., Sulphur, Arnica, nit.-Ac., Phosphorus, Arsenicum, and Argentum nitricum are sometimes required.

ACCESSORY MEASURES. When caused by sand, dust, lime, flies, or hairs of the lids, the irritating body should be immediately removed; and if the inflammation be considerable, a shade should be worn. To prevent sticking, the eyelids should be smeared with a little olive-oil, or cerate, by means of a camel’s hair brush, at bed-time, or a wet compress may be worn over the eyes at night. The eyes should be bathed with warm water, and strong light and exposure to cold avoided. Any discharge should be constantly and carefully removed by washing; the sponge not being used for any other purpose, as the discharge is infectious. Carefully washing the eyes of the newly-born infants of mothers who habitually suffer from whites, or other discharges, may prevent the disease.

XXX. Earache Inflammation of the Ear (Inflammation auris).

Acute pain in the ear may rise from inflammation of the passage of the ear, or of the drum of the ear; or it may be rheumatic or neuralgic.

CAUSES. Cold currents; improper bathing; leaving the ears imperfectly dry after washing; stomach or dental irritation; careless syringing or probing the ears; scrofulous constitution; foreign bodies peas, beads, bits of pencil, or insects in the ears.

SYMPTOMS. Pain in the ear, with feverishness; the passage swells and becomes red, and a thin discharge follows; there is tenderness and a sense of fullness; unnatural noises; deafness or sensitiveness to noise. The crying of children from earache is spasmodic and at intervals. Discharge may occur; and in very bad cases the inflammation extends to the brain, and may even prove fatal.

REMEDIES. Aconitum, Sensitiveness to noise; swelling of the passage; feverishness.

Belladonna. When the head is much involved, and the patient delirious.

Chamomilla. Earache of nervous, cross children, with one cheek red and hot.

Pulsatilla. Mild and long-lasting earache.

Sulphur. Chronic inflammation. In scrofulous patients, Sulphur should be alternated with Belladonna twice a day, the former given in the morning and the latter at night, and continued for some weeks. Mercurius may also be required.

ACCESSORY TREATMENT. Fomentations with moderately hot water, the application of a bran poultice, or hot Aconite lotion. If there be any discharge, the ear should be washed clean with warm water, and thoroughly dried.

XXXI. Discharge from the Ears (Otorrhoea).

DEFINITION. Chronic Inflammation of the ear, with a milky, purulent, or bloody discharge, often an after effect of Inflammation of the ear, Measles, or Scarlet Fever.

REMEDIES. Mercurius. Thick, bloody, bad-smelling discharge, with tearing pains, swelling, and tenderness of the glands about the ear.

Hepar Sulph. Discharge of matter and blood; and when the patient has been doses with Mercury.

Pulsatilla. This watery discharge, and when it follows Measles.

Muriatic Ac. Following. Scarlatina.

Arsenicum. Discharge which roughens and hurts the skin; also in feeble children.

Calcarea and Sulphur. Tedious cases; and in scrofulous children.

Nit.-Ac., Iodium, Aurum. or Merc iod. may be required in some cases. Acute attacks should be treated according to the previous Section.

Carbolic Acid Lotion. Carbolic Acid, I dr.; Glycerine, I oz.; mix in distilled water, 5 oz.

Edward Harris Ruddock
Ruddock, E. H. (Edward Harris), 1822-1875. M.D.
LICENTIATE OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS; MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS; LICENTIATE IN MIDWIFERY, LONDON AND EDINBURGH, ETC. PHYSICIAN TO THE READING AND BERKSHIRE HOMOEOPATHIC DISPENSARY.

Author of "The Stepping Stone to Homeopathy and Health,"
"Manual of Homoeopathic Treatment". Editor of "The Homoeopathic World."