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What is a carbuncle?
A carbuncle is a skin infection that often involves a group of hair follicles. The infected material forms a lump, called mass, which occurs deep in the skin. When you have more than one carbuncle, the condition is called carbunculosis.
A carbuncle is made up of several skin boils. The infected mass is filled with fluid, pus, and dead tissue. Fluid may drain out of the carbuncle, but sometimes the mass is so deep that it cannot drain on its own.
Carbuncles may develop anywhere, but they are most common on the back and the nape of the neck. Men get carbuncles more often than women.
Most carbuncles are caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. The infection is contagious and may spread to other areas of the body or other people.
Because the condition is contagious, several family members may develop carbuncles at the same time. Often, the direct cause of a carbuncle cannot be determined.
Things that make carbuncle infections more likely include:
• Friction from clothing or shaving
• Poor hygiene
• Poor overall health
Persons with diabetes, dermatitis, and weakened immune systems are more likely to develop staph infections.
It may also:
Sometimes, other symptoms may occur. These may include:
Clinical Exams and Tests
Your doctor will look at your skin. The diagnosis is primarily based on what the skin looks like. A skin biopsy may be done to help make the diagnosis or determine the exact type of bacteria involved.
Anthracinum; Apis mellifica; Arsenicum album; Belladonna atropa; Borax (compress); Lachesis; Silicea; Tarentula cubensis.
Anthracinum: Blue, blistering and bloody appearance, with a black centre.
Apis mellifica: Considerable swelling, tension and redness extending to the surrounding tissues.
Arsenicum album: Large, painful, malignant carbuncle with prostration
Belladonna atroba: Shiny red, stabbing pains before pus formation.
Borax (compress): In painful and infected chronic cases. Slow to heal. Patient often has a high fever.
Lachesis: When bluish or purplish appearance of the skin predominates.
Silicea: Intense pain and burning with fetid pus and greenish sdiscolouration of underlying tissue.
Tarentula cubensis: A secondary remedy when blueness of the skin predominates.
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Excellent article, Thanks for sharing the information. Recently I have treated a case of carbuncle of a 68 year old male who was suffering from Diabetes, and of course the totality of symptoms helped there too.
Good compilation Dr. Ravindra.
I use a lot of Anthracin 1M to clear the carbuncle.
open up a case- using nosode staplc in high potency great results in addressing the problem to be followed by a deep acting const. remedy
Staphylococcin nosode: (prior to use lab test needs to confirm staph bacteria) Should only be used by exp. homeopaths. A reminder-Nosodes remove blocks-walls to cure, needing the const remedy to finish the case-
Acne, Abscess, Furuncle.
Impetigo contagiosa. parotiditis.
Phlegm. carbuncle, Mastoiditis.
Empyema. Ecthyma Cellulitis
Pyelo-nephritis. Phlebitis. Lymphadenitis
Pyaemia. Oedema. Endocarditis
Onset: Subacute and chronic problems.
History of staphylococcin infection.
Succession of abscesses.
Recurrent staphylococcal lesions over a long period of time and when the staphylococcal lesions are wide-spread viz
Staphylococcinis indicated in dysentery. A dose of antipsoric remedy can be given to complete the cure.
Special Clinical Notes:
Acute and chronic cases of bacillary dysentery with discharge of blood and pus.
It acts best when the ailment comes during the rainy season and continues upto late autumn.
In chronic cases of dysentery where blood with mucopurulent discharges does not respond to the indicated remedy or recurrs or prolongs unduly, Staphylococcin 200 rescues such a case. A dose of anti-psoric can be given to complete the cure.
In typhoid where there is a low sepsis, haemorrhage and mucopurulent stool with fever towards the third week, Staphylococcin rescues such cases.
In varieties of staphylococcal infections.
It may be of interest to know that in the making or extraction of this medicine, the writer Dr. E.A. Anshultz was compelled to get out of the room due to an undefined malaise. The odour, aroma or effluvium was ambrosial compared to the atmosphere of the dissecting room with its lumps of putrefaction but it had much greater expellant power not nauseating but sickening and chemically probably due to some of the fatty acids.
Staphylococcin works best where weakness of the protective mechanism or debility due to other bacterial agencies eg overwork, worry, lack of proper food, humidity, etc. is prominent.
In cases of furuncles, abscess, etc. - the bacteriological examination of blood tissues is a must before the use of the toxin.
A case of anal fistula with creamish white putrid discharge of years standing was not responding to any line of therapy. The blood sugar was normal. Staphylococcin 200C gave a miraculous result. The main indication being a prolonged staphylococcal infection.
Potency: 200c, 1M, 10M
I have come across cases of carbuncles quite often. Such patients approach for treatment generally when a carbuncle has advanced, it is painful swollen and red. I have treated such cases commonly with Belladonna 200 or 1m, repetitions. If the suppuration continues then I give Hepar Sulph for a few days to resolve the carbuncle completely. Sometimes in place of Hep Sulph, Silicea is needed to be given. Thus I have been able treat all such cases with just these three remedies mostly.
Dr. Saraswat has provided quite an elaborate and useful information on carbuncles covering all aspects.
Use of Staphylococcin nosode has been very well explained by Dr. Gina Tyler.
Thanks Dr. Saraswat & Gina for coming up with such educative & informative write-ups.