Keratosis pilaris is a common disorder in which dead cells shed from the upper layer of skin plug the openings of hair follicle.
It displays itself as small sandpapery reddish pink bumps, most commonly found on the backs of the arms but it also appears on the thighs and buttocks. Affected areas can turn darker sometimes too. It often can worsen during pregnancy and does have a tendency to improve with age.
Keratosis pilaris has similarities with one of the stages of acne. This is the blockage of a hair follicle with keratin, a protein in the skin. This blockage then causes pressure to build within the follicle, and the contents bulge out, creating the little bumps.
Distinguishing features of Keratosis pilaris
- Tiny, rough, whitish, red, or tan spiny bumps distributed in a grid like pattern.
- “goose flesh,” “sandpaper like” appearance and texture when palpated.
- When Erythematous and inflamed, Keratosis pilaris resembles, and is often mistaken for, acne.
- Usually worse during the winter months.
- In children, the lateral sides of the cheeks are frequently involved.
Diagnosis of Keratosis pilaris
Clinical, often made by simple inspection and palpation of the affected skin.
Homeopathic treatment for Keratosis pilaris
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat Keratosis pilaris but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat Keratosis pilaris that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of Keratosis pilaris:
Arsenic Album, Rhus Tox, Calcaria Carb, Arsenic Iod, Mezereum, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Agaricus, Borax, Bovista, Bryonia, Conium, Hepar Sulph, ipecauc, Mercurius, Phosphorous, Thuja, Zincum met, and many other medicines.