An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a coloured area from pink to deep red. Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. Abscesses can show up any place on body. Abscess is painful and warm to touch. The most common sites are in armpits (axillae), areas around the anus and vagina(Bartholin gland abscess), the base of the spine (pilonidal abscess), around a tooth (dental abscess), and in groins.Inflammation around a hair follicle can also lead to the formation of an abscess, which is called a boil (furuncle). In general an abscess must open and drain in order for it to improve. Sometimes draining occurs on its own, but generally it must be opened by a doctor in a procedure called incision and drainage.
Causative factors for Abscess:
Abscesses are caused by obstruction of sebaceous glands or sweat glands, inflammation of hair follicles, or minor breaks and punctures of the skin. The middle of the abscess liquefies and contains dead cells, bacteria, and other debris. This area begins to grow, creating tension under the skin and further inflammation of the surrounding tissues. Pressure and inflammation cause the pain.
The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, redness, pus formation, discharge, and fever. Also, depending on the site of an abscess, some symptoms may vary. If the infection is severe and uncontrolled, there is a possibility of its spread to other parts of the body. Severer infection may lead to a serious condition called septicemia.
How to diagnose an Abscess?
A diagnosis of an abscess may be delayed because some symptoms may initially be nonspecific or mild. These include swelling, redness, and tenderness to the area where the abscess is forming. Other symptoms, such as fever, chills, and severe pain to affected area may be initially be assumed to be related to various infectious diseases or inflammatory processes.
How Homoeopathy helps to cure for Abscess:
Acute abscess of recent origin can easily respond to homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is best indicated for any abscess: like frequent abscesses,prolonged (chronic) abscess, resistant abscess.In the above three categories, the formation of an abscess is surely a sign of altered underlying immunity, which can be treated effectively using homeopathy. Homeopathy is strongly indicated for recurring and resistant cases of abscesses.
Commonly indicated Homoeopathic remedies:
Belladonna: This remedy is most often indicated for the initiatory symptoms of abscess. The parts swell rapidly, become bright red, there is intense throbbing which is painful,pus develops speedily the swelling increases and the redness radiates.
Hepar Sulphur : It is great homoeopathic remedy for suppurations where the pus is not decomposed. It suits especially lymphatic, phlegmatic individuals. Excessive sensitiveness of the parts is a leading indication.
Silicea: This remedy is indicated where the suppuration continues and the wound refuses to heal, no matter where the suppurative process is located; the pus is apt to be thin, watery and the process is sluggish and indolent one. Under Silicea the suppurative process takes on a healthy action, the pus becomes benign, granulation appear.
Mercurius: Differing from Belladonna, from Hepar, and especially from Silicea is Mercurius, which is one of our good remedies in abscess. It comes in after Belladonna, when pus has formed. It favors the formation of pus especially in the lower potencies, and is especially indicated in glandular abscesses; the pus is greenish in tint, and quite thin and fluid.