Diphtheria and Homeoprophylaxis
Homeoprophylaxis is used for Diphtheria and homeopathic remedies can help a person with diphtheria symptoms to relieve those symptoms effectively and naturally.
- Diphtherium is used for Homeoprophylaxis under the supervision of a Certified Homeoprophylaxis Practitioner.
- Diphtherium is used to boost the immune system before exposure to the Diphtheria and may also be used during an epidemic.
What is Diphtheria?
Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease (corynebacterium diphtheriae) that usually affects the tonsils, throat, nose and/or skin. It is passed from one person to the other by droplet transmission. This is most often by breathing in diphtheria bacteria after an infected person has coughed, sneezed or even laughed.
Diphtheria can also be spread by handling used tissues or by drinking from a glass used by an infected person. Diphtheria can look like a severe sore throat.
Other symptoms are a low-grade fever and enlarged lymph nodes (swollen glands) located in the neck. Another presentation of diphtheria can be skin lesions that may be painful, red and swollen.
Symptoms of Diphtheria
- Enlarged lymph nodes (swollen glands) located in the neck
- Low-grade fever
- Skin lesions that may be painful, red and swollen
In more advanced stages, the person may have Diphtheria symptoms including
- Anxious appearance
- Complaints of double vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Complaints of double vision
- Slurred speech
- Signs of going into shock – pale, cold skin; rapid heartbeat; sweating
Homeopathic Remedies For Diphtheria
- Apis mellifica
Swelling of he throat. Stinging pains. Sore, blistered tongue. Throat has a glossy-red appearance. Membrane forms on either tonsil and is grayish, dirty-looking and tough. Swallowing is difficult. The throat is swollen externally and there is much prostration. Dry, hot skin and restlessness. Suppression of the urine
Indicated by its general symptoms of low fever, prostration, restlessness, thirst, foul breath. Useful in the later stage of the diphtheria when the person is constantly going down hill. Throat very swollen inside and out, the membrane will be dark, and there will be much odor and swelling of the throat. Tired feeling, thirst and feverish flush. Arsenic iodide may prove curative for the septic conditions and hoarseness which sometimes remain after diphtheria.
Very foul breath. Feverish. Dark red fauces at the back of the throat. Swelling of glands. Aching of back, body and limbs as if pounded. Face is dark, flushed. Tongue dry and red
Bromine is a remedy for the croupous form of diphtheria. Bromine produces a pseudo-membrane, but it has little effect in gangrenous conditions. It is especially a remedy in the laryngeal form, and much rattling of mucus in the larynx is a characteristic indication. There is a suffocating, hoarse whistling cough, having a croupy sound. Hepar and Kali bichromicum are useful remedies in laryngeal form.
- Calcarea fluor
Use when the condition has gone to the wind-pipe and give with Calcarea phos alternately.
- Calcarea phos
Used when the infections spreads to the trachea. A white speck or patch remains after the main fluid has come off.
- Carbolic acid
Low fever, no pain, great accumulation of exudate, foul odor, prostration, violent fever, headache, thready pulse, nausea and weakness.
- Ferrum phos
Start this remedy for diphtheria at the beginning of the fever. Used for fever.
Used for homeoprophylaxis and immune system support for a person with the disease.
- Kali bichromicum
Deep ulceration and a thick, tenacious mucus. Mucus may streaked with blood. The diphtheria throat is yellow looking. The cough is croupy, accompanied with pain in the chest. There is also swelling of the glands. Yellow-coated or dry, red tongue. Tough, thick, ropy or sticky, tenacious expectorant or mucus. Pain, extending to neck and shoulders.
- Kali chloratum
When gangrenous spots appear in diphtheria. Ulcers with foul secretions and offensive discharges. Reduces extension to the nasal mucous membrane.
- Kali mur
For fever in diphtheria. Can be alternated in doses with Ferrum phos and is use at the beginning of the condition, for the fever. Pain on swallowing. White deposit in throat. Thick exudation over the tonsils and soft palate. Foul breath.
- Kali permanganicum
When there is ulceration, gangrenous suppuration and foul odor is extreme. Throat swollen both inside and outside. The throat is swelling and the membrane is very offensive with diphtheria. Thin discharge from the nose. Difficulty of swallowing and regurgitation.
- Kali phos
Used for malignant, gangrenous condition in diphtheria. The person is very exhausted. Weakness of sight, nasal speech or paralysis in any part of the body, squinting, etc. Mouth smells putrid, bad odor.
- Lac caninum
Throat is both swollen both internally and outside as like Apis. Restlessness, not a nervous fidgeting as under Apis. Scanty urine in diphtheria like with Apis.
Most frequently indicated remedy for diphtheria. Great sensitiveness of the throat. Throat feels worse from empty swallowing. Left side of the throat, spreading to the right. Extremely painful and difficult swallowing, violent prostration and great odor. The person sleeps into an aggravation of all symptoms. Throat swelling is so marked that the patient must sit up to breathe. Gangrenous tendency Purplish throat. Much swelling and infiltration externally, here resembling Apis. Very similar symptoms to the other snake remedies of Crotalus and Naja.
Pain on right side of the throat while Lachesis has pain on the left. Stopped up nose. Inability to breathe through it. Fan like motions of the wings of the nose is also an indication. Throat begins on the right side or is worse on that side. Person is worse after the sleep. Worse after swallowing drinks, especially cold ones. Symptoms are worse from 4 to 8 P.M.
- Mercurius cyanatus
Used in the malignant type of diphtheria and when it invades the nostrils. Mercurius cyanatus is the best preparation for dipththeria. (Mercurius vivus and Mercurius solubilis are not indicated in this disease.) Glandular swelling or other symptoms. Great and sudden prostration and very high pulse. Extreme weakness, Great prostration. Collapse symptoms at the beginning of the disease. Mucus in the throat that is first white, then turn dark and it may become gangrenous. The tongue is brownish and blackish. Foul breath. Nose bleeds. Loss of appetite. Profuse flow of saliva.
- Muriatic acid
Extreme weakness. Nose bleed of dark and putrid blood. Foul breath and swelling uvula. Yellowish-gray deposit on back of throat, tonsils, uvula and posterior pharyngeal wall. Burning thin discharge from nose. Pulse is intermittent. Person feels weak. Tongue is dry. Lips are dry and cracked. Albuminuria is present. Use for poisoned states of the blood, as are found in diphtheria.
- Natrum muriaticum
If the face is puffy and pale with heavy drowsiness. Watery stools. Foulof saliva or vomiting of watery fluid. Dryness of the tongue, gasping while breathing.
- Natrum phos
Use when the tonsils are covered with a yellow, creamy coating. Back part of the roof of the mouth looks creamy-yellow. The coating of the tongue is moist, creamy or gold colored.
- Natrum sulph
In diphtheria as an intercurrent remedy where there is vomiting of green matter or water, and the peculiar welling-up of mucus from the stomach.
- Nitric acid
Used for nasal diphtheria, with a white deposit in the nose and ulcerative conditions which are sensitive. Excoriating discharges. Great distress and uneasiness at the stomach and vomiting of all food. Prostration. Membrane in the nose and throat. Foul odor and sticking pains in throat. Pulse is intermittent. Swallowing is difficult and painful.
Inflamed throat, very swollen. Throat is sore and sensitive that swallowing is almost impossible. Pain shooting to ears. Thick-coated tongue. Foul breath. Swollen glands. High, rapid and weak pulse. Grayish membrane at throat. Pain in the back and limbs. General aching all over. Great prostration. Great burning in the throat. Chilliness.
- Rhus Tox
Putrid mouth odor, swelling glands, tongue dry or cracked.