CASE OF TINEA CURED WITH HOMEOPATHY
Abstract : Tinea is common skin fungal infection. It is becoming resistant and occurring recurrently due irrational use of antifungal ointments used by common population. But in Homoeopathic literature there has been mentioned many medicines having good results in Tinea. This case study demonstrates as how effectively and rapidly Homoeopathic nosode Bacillinum (A maceration from tubercular lung introduced by Dr.Burnett) along with similimum Sulphur cures the itching and lesion . In this case sulph is used as similimum and Bacillinum is prescribed as an intercurrent.
Tinea Pedis, Eruptions, Sulphur, Irascibility, Trifles.
Tinea is common skin fungal infection which is caused by keratinophilic fungi which affects skin, nails and hairs2. It clinically presents as a patch of various colours having scales and having reddish papules, small vesicles and little pustules on the margin of lesion which progress on periphery and subdue in the center producing ring like shape.
In India, due to tropical environmental conditions, there is higher prevalence of dermatophytosis in India. But incidence of tinea varies in different parts of India because of different environmental conditions in India. The prevalence of tinea has increased since few years due to unhygienic conditions among people living in crowded damp places, patients having systemic clinical conditions like diabetes mellitus, hiv and among patients who un-rationally use antifungal drugs directly taking from pharmacy shops without approaching qualified physician which is not only making the condition very common in India, but also making it more difficult to cure also.
Adults are more commonly affected age group. Males are more commonly affected than females. The factor which predispose for tinea are sweating, obesity, diabetes mellitus, working in places with high temperature, wearing damp clothes in humid weather, sharing personal clothes with infected person1.
▪ Tinea cruris- involve upper thigh
▪ Tinea corporis- involves whole body except palms, soles and scalp
▪ Tinea barbae- beard area affected
▪ Tinea capitis- scalp is affected
▪ Tinea mannum- hands are involved
▪ Tinea pedis- feet are affected
▪ Tinea unguinum- nails are affected
Preliminary Data :
Age / Sex : 42 / Female
Occupation: Job as a peon in hospital
Chief Complaints :
Physical General :
Appetite : Feels hungry after every hour
Craving : Fried + 2 Sweets+3 Fish+2
Aversion : Sweet Potates
Urine : Normal
Stool : Normal
Perspiration : Profuse at forehead & soles
Sleep : Normal Refreshing
Thermals : Hot +3
On Examination :
Temp : Afebrile
Pulse : 86 /min
RR : 18 / min
BP : 120 /70 mm Hg
Macular eruption on lower back( lumbar region)
Get angry when someone not listen to him
Shout at others when angry
Anxiety about trifles
Song listening – Melody
Movie (Love story)
Diagnosis of the case : Taenia
Diagnosis of Phase : Dynamic Chronic Disease with Fully Developed Symptomns .
Susceptibility : High
Pathology : Reversible
General Condition : Good
Repertory used : Classic Homoepathy Software
Repertorial Totality :
Mind: Anger: Irascibility : Tendency
Mind: Anxiety: Trifles : About
Generalities : Food and Drinks : Sweet : Desires
Generailities : Food and Drinks : Fish
Skin : Eruption : Itching : Night
Skin : Eruption : Dry
Skin : Eruption : Painful : Burning
Sulph 200 1 Powder Stat
Rubrum 4 pills TDS x 15 days
Auxillary mode of treatment :
In winter apply moisturizer only for skin soothing
Avoid too much scratching .
In this case, with the help charactertic mind and physical general and using the classic homoeopathy repertorisation software we reach to similimum which is Sulphur. Considering the nature of disease , susceptibility & general condition of patient , Sulphur 200 was prescribed.
But after some days eruptions reappeared and for restoring patient again to normal Bacillinum is given as an intercurrent .
This case shows that by selection of correct similimum based on symptom similarity homoeopathic medicine Sulphur is sufficient to bring the cure in chronic cases. But, ultimately
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3) Hering C. The Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medico vol. 10pp. 350-56. England: Gregg 1966.
4) Clarke JH. A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medico vol. 1 p. 237. England: Health Science Press 1962.
5) Allen HC. Key Notes and Characteristics with Comparisons of some of the leading Remedies of the Materia Medico pp. 296-98. New Delhi: B. Jain.
6) Clarke HC. The Prescriber p. 283. London: The Homoeopathic Publishing Company Ltd 1952.
Dept. of Repertory
Y.M.T.H.M.C Navi Mumbai
Dept. of Repertory
Y.M.T.H.M.C Navi Mumbai
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*A.K.ARUN, M.D. (Hom.)
*A.K.ARUN is a Sr. Homoeopathic Medical Consultant & Researcher in Delhi & Vice Chairman of Board of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Delhi. He is chairperson of Health Education Art Life Foundation (HEAL) a New Delhi based nonprofit research organization.
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