Cellulitis is an infection involving both of the deep skin layers and the underlying connective tissue. Several strains of bacteria can cause it, more frequently Strep and Staph, when they get beneath the skin through cut or bruises.
This type of infection may develop on various areas of the body, including the face, arms and legs. Diagnosis is fairly straightforward based on the inflammatory appearance of the skin.
Cellulitis can cause more or less severe pain, swelling and tenderness, and many people develop general symptoms like fever, body aches and nausea.
Physicians primarily treat cellulitis with antibacterial agents, namely antibiotics, which can work effectively against Strep and Staph strains of bacteria. So it is currently not recommended to treat cellulitis with homeopathy alone. However, it can be useful under certain circumstances, to use a holistic approach by combining both conventional “Western” and alternatives therapies.
What is Homeopathic Treatment?
Homeopathic medicine is defined as a complementary system that involves treating diseases with extremely diluted doses, hence the term “homeopathic dose”, of a compound (vegetal, mineral, snake venom), to activate the body’s natural healing process. When used in larger doses, this same compound would produce the symptoms of the disease being treated.
Treating symptoms with symptom-generating drugs is the foundation of homeopathy. The principal goals of this treatment are to address the cause of the disease, assess an individual’s vulnerability, and heal the symptoms.
Experienced homeopathic practitioners have been using this method for a long time to treat effectively diverse conditions. In fact, the medical literature shows that cellulitis has also benefited from the homeopathic practice.
In contrast to conventional medicine, homeopathy usually offers cost-effective treatment options.
Homeopathic treatments for cellulitis
Two formulations, namely, Rhus toxicodendron and Mercurius (mercury) have been used for the treatment of itchy cellulitis. These two remedies are also known for their antibacterial properties.
Furthermore, persisting pain after the resolution of cellulitis has been successfully treated with patches of Arnica Montana, a plant with a longstanding tradition in relieving pain and swelling.
Other natural remedies used in homeopathic prescriptions are:
- Lachesis (snake venom)
- Agaricus (fungus)
Other measures like elevating the affected area can also help to alleviate intense swelling or pain.
Finally, the use of homeopathy in cellulitis seems to be indicated, in combination, rarely alone, when cellulitis does not respond to antibiotics, and in cases of chronic, relapsing cellulitis.
Since “Prevention is better than cure”, there are ways to decrease the risk of developing cellulitis.
If you have a scrape or puncture in your skin, carefully wash the area with warm, soapy water. Apply an antibiotic ointment, and keep the area covered with a bandage. Occasionally check the wound for any sign of infection. During dry or severely cold months, keep your skin moisturized with a gentle lotion or cream.
Knowing that cellulitis can not only spread quickly but lead to severe complications, if you consider using homeopathic treatment, it is best to consult and/or inform your physician. The doctor might be able to assist you in the decision-making process.
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Last article update: 10/13/2019
Medically reviewed by Dr. Thouria Bensaoula on Oct 08, 2019.