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A Case of Eczema

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The patient came with the complaints of eczematous eruptions on the body which started after her second pregnancy 18 years back. Since then the patient is suffering and nothing has helped her. She came to me because her daughter got rid of her skin complaints which were also chronic in nature.

The eruptions started on the right leg then on the abdomen and other parts of the body. The patient was worried about the eruptions which were visible to people she felt disgusted about them. There is severe itching with redness which is aggravated at night +2, morning, sun light. She feels better after application of warm water. There is no discharge from the eruptions.

There is also pain in the fingers of both the hands and pain in the right knee which is aggravated in the morning and after working in water. She feels better after movement.

Life space – The patient is born and brought up in Delhi (India). She was the youngest child in the family and was a pampered child. She got whatever she wanted. She was very shy as a child and took lot of time to mix with people. She was average in her studies and was very sensitive emotionally. She used to cry very easily and if someone consoled her she used to feel very good.

Things changed after she got married as she had to shift to Mumbai (Bombay then) this was a big change and till date she is unable to adjust to the environment in Mumbai. She feels very lonely and misses her family a lot. To add to it her husband is a very busy business man and has hardly any time for her. But she says they have a good relationship.

She has 2 children daughter and son. The daughter gave us the following history: She said her mother is very worried about her marriage and constantly nags her. Her mother tells her that she is a big burden on the family. She said her mother is also very lethargic and doesn’t like to do the household chores. So the daughter has to do all the cooking. She becomes very angry if someone contradicts her. She has been very partial towards her son who gets whatever he wants and the daughter gets nothing.

Personal history

Diet: Non vegetarian food
Appetite: Good
Cravings: Sweets+2
Aversion: Peas +

Sun: headache
Fan dislikes draft of air aggravates
AC: Dislikes
Coverings: takes covers in all the seasons
Season: summers
Bath: warm water

Menses: regular leucorrhea+3

Urine: N

Stools: N

Renal calculi Right side

Father: Diabetes mellitus
Mother: Diabetes mellitus

On examination
Dark rings around the eyes
Wart on the neck
Throat congested
Eczematous eruptions on the body more on the lower extremity and abdomen.
B.P: 130/90 mm of Hg
The patient also told she cannot bear tight clothes since the childhood she feels very uncomfortable in them.

10/02/2002 Rx
1) Sepia 200, 1 powder at bedtime
2) S.L.  t.d.s. for 7 days
18/2/2002 The itching was better

Itching on the body which leads to disturbed sleep.

1) S.L. 7 powders for 7 nights
2)  S.L.  t.d.s. for 7 days
7/3/2002 The patient came with the complaints of throat infection and fever. Severe pain in the throat


<Cold drinks

>Warm drinks

Feels hot with marked salivation and thermally hot.

Thirst for large quantities of water.

Skin complaints were better.

Sleep was better.

1)  Mercuriussol 30
2pills 4 hourly to stop as soon as she feels better.2) S.L.  t.d.s. for 7 days
15/3/02 Throat better.

Skin complaints are better

Pain in the fingers is also better

1)S.L 12 powders night, 3 per week2) S.L. tds for 1month
20/4/02 The eruptions on the abdomen and the upper extremity were better about 50 % of the eruptions had disappeared. Eruptions on the lower extremity still there. Itching very mild occasional. Feels better on the whole. Rx

Ct all for 1 month

10/6/02 The patient came after giving a gap 20 days. When we asked why she is late. She said there are no complaints so she delayed coming.

The eruptions on the feet were still there but had decreased.


Ct all 1month.

The patient was under the treatment for a period of 1 year and in this time she had been relieved of her eczema. She came to me again this year for her frozen shoulder on the right side which also is responding well to Sepia 200.

Learning from the case was the importance of taking case history from the relatives and close ones who can make a difference in getting the right remedy. We also saw the cure taking place according to Herings law of cure complaints disappearing from above downward.

Also one should have a proper case recording system so if the patient comes to you after years together for some other ailment the constitutional medicine will do the job; of course one has to retake the case and confirm the remedy once again before prescribing.
Ct – Continue
S.L. – Sacchrum lactis/Sugar of Milk/Placebo
tds – Thrice daily
Dr.Santosh Joshi.
Homeopathic consultant.
Refinery view, C/4, RC Marg,
Chembur. Mumbai. India Pin: 400074
Tel: 022- 25548197 Cell: +9819155780.
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

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Santosh Joshi

Dr. Santosh Joshi practices classical homeopathy at the Happy Livin Clinic - Refinery view, C/4, RC Marg, Chembur. Mumbai. India Pin: 400074 Tel: 022- 25548197, Cell: +9819155780. E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] Web-site: ,

1 Comment

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    However I prefer natural treatments for eczema and use coconut oil for healing eczema or dermatitis. Unprocessed organic virgin coconut oil soothes immediately and goes to work on healing eczema, dermatitis or just about any skin condition.

    Patients with eczema have skin that is very sensitive to many substances such as soap, wool, detergents, make-up, cosmetics, mascara, lipstick, nail polish, shampoos, etc. Once skin is exposed to a trigger, it releases chemicals to the surface of the skin causing the patient to itch.

    To achieve control of your ski condition it does take time and energy to follow a successful skin care routine. Skin care routines can be at times time-consuming and may seem monotonous but are necessary and well worth the effort.

    We know that when someone is experiencing stress they are more likely to feel itchy and then start scratching their skin. A school-age child who has poor skin control usually feels isolated from his/her peers and can develop low self-esteem.

    For an attack of eczema, two conditions are necessary: a predisposition or special irritability of the skin, and a directly exciting cause. Another influence that has received increasing attention from skin specialists is that of any shock to the nervous system or prolonged mental stress or strain.

    While we don’t understand all the causes of eczema, there is evidence that the following play a role in causing eczema: diet, genetics, the immune system, and abnormalities in the barrier (protective) function of the skin. We do know however that in eczema-prone people, certain things may cause a ‘flare’ or ‘flare-up’ or may ‘trigger’ an episode of eczema.

    There are treatments and remedies that do work for eczema depending on what has caused it. But some types of eczema have no known cause. However usually patients can achieve excellent control and live quite comfortably.

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