CASE OF ECZEMA
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Discoloration may appear in areas of temporary skin which can be due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may result in scarring and may enlarge the rash.
A forty year old female patient was consulted by Dr. Devang Shah in January 2008. She developed eczema in her both hands.
She suffered from intense itching in the hands which got aggravated in the winters. Her complaints intensified on washing clothes or utensils and eating sour food. Her pain was as though salt were applied parts cut with knife. her complaints started after two years of her marriage and she had been living with it for the past fourteen years. According to her, all systems of medicines had failed to relieve her agony, and homoeopathy seemed to be her last ray of hope. Patient was in a state of despair when she came for her consultancy.
In homoeopathic practice it is important to enquire into all the aspects of a patient’s life. In this way the practitioner is able to come to an understanding of the commonality of symptoms. This commonality should of course include the patient’s chief complaint. On the completion of the case taking a homoeopathic remedy is then selected based on the common thread.
While receiving the patient’s history, she described herself to be a sensitive person, who is easily affected by trifles. Witnessing quarrel causes the patient to tremble and sometimes faint. She is also sensitive to criticism and desires good opinion from others. The patient was married in a joint family, and the increased work load caused a lot of stress in her. She found it difficult coping up with the responsibilities of the family.
On the basis of the patient’s history, her stress factor, pathology and temperament, a well selected homoeopathic remedy was given.
The patient showed a dramatic response to the medicine. Within the first 2 months the cracks in her hands had disappeared. In the following 2 months, the itching was gone.
By the end of 1 year, she was free from all her eruptions.
Mentally she found herself much more happy, sorted and confident. She was no longer affected by quarrels and criticism. She did not have any episode of trembling and fainting. She feels she has found her way to cope up with stress and her outlook towards life has changed to become more positive and live healthy.
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