Case of Psoriasis and Warts
A wart is a small, rough growth resembling a cauliflower or a solid blister. It typically occurs on human hands or feet and often in other locations. Warts are caused by aviral infection, specifically by one of the many types ofhuman papillomavirus (HPV). There are as many as 10 varieties of warts, the most common considered to be mostly harmless. It is possible to get warts from others; they are contagious and usually enter the body in an area of broken skin. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can reoccur.
Psoriasis means an ‘itching condition’, which is a common, chronic relapsing immune-mediated skin disease characterized by red, scaly patches, papules, andplaques, which usually itch. The skin lesions seen in psoriasis may vary in severity from minor localized patches to lesions spread widely over the body. The disease affects 2–4% of the general population. Homoeopathy has excellent scope in both the above conditions and the below case summary is just an example which speaks loud of the scope of our medicines.
A 23-year-old male patient was consulted at ‘the other song’ by Dr. Sujit Chatterjee, Consultant and Faculty at the institute, on the 3rd June, 2013. His complaint started in childhood. He had multiple warts on the back of hands and feet. He also had psoriasis all over the body and had already taken multiple steroids for the same. He had intense scaling of the lesions. His lesions would increase in summer. The scaling would lead to contraction of his limbs which would eventually stiffen the whole body. He was unable to get out of his house due to this. Any change of weather caused an infection of his skin lesions, which would then ooze pus. With this he often got fever. Thus, he was having recurrent fever and infections over the past many years. As a result of all this, he often ended up missing many days at school and college with a detrimental effect on his studies and consequently later on his work life as well.
In Homoeopathy, it is important to enquire about 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, that is the symptoms that are a part of the patient, physically and mentally with his chief complaint and tendencies at the centre of the understanding of him as a person. A homoeopathic remedy is then selected based on the common thread.
In the case-taking, it came up that the patient was conscious of his appearance and felt dirty and disgusted about himself. He felt he is being looked down upon by people. He felt rejected by society owing to his appearance and condition. He felt that his family too didn’t approve of him and so always felt a deep sense of isolation. Therefore he avoided social gatherings, meetings and crowded places. He spent days in the house, all by himself not showing up anywhere. On the basis of this understanding of the patient’s physical tendencies and the mental common thread of him feeling looked down upon, rejected and isolated, he was prescribed a remedy, which would take care of all his symptoms and treat him as a person.
After the administration of the remedy, the patient reported a gradual and a progressive improvement. The scaling stopped and the lesions started clearing up. He did not have any episode of fever thereafter. All his warts fell off one by one and he was free of all the lesions within a year of being given the medicine.
The patient was very happy with and grateful for the changes in him that he observed overall after the treatment. He started moving out of the house. He now pays a visit to his family once a month. He has started socializing with friends and colleagues again. He no longer feels rejected.
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