Homeopathy has some good remedies for the treatment of chilblains. Chilblains are linked to poor circulation. Itching, pain, cracks and red, hard swellings appear on the fingertips.
Chilblains are triggered by the cold and by poor circulation. Symptoms can be eased by taking medication to stimulate peripheral circulation. Chilblains can be uncomplicated or can develop ulcerations.
The chilblain is instigated through the gradual constriction and dilation of the blood vessels.
It is most common in women who have imbalances in their sympathetic and endocrine systems.
It is best to avoid the onset of chilblains. In cold weather, people who are predisposed to develop chilblains can be given a weekly dose of Pulsatilla 15C and should also avoid exposure to the cold.
Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of uncomplicated chilblains
We prescribe Agaricus muscarius for chilblains that cause piercing, burning pain.
The patient feels as though frozen needles are penetrating their skin. The affected area is itchy.
Apis mellifica chilblains are reddish-pink and cause piercing pain. The chilblain is aggravated by heat and relieved by applying cold compresses.
Arsenicum album exhibits a burning, painful lesion. The Arsenicum album chilblain feels worse at night, between one and three o’clock in the morning.
It is alleviated with hot compresses.
The Ranunculus bulbusus chilblains are extremely painful, causing an intense, burning itch that is exacerbated by the cold and by touching it.
The patient may develop blisters containing blood. Ranunculus bulbosus should be taken twice a day in dilutions of 7 or 9C.
Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of ulcerated chilblains
Nitricum acidum ulcers bleed with the lightest touch. The pain is piercing, like a splinter that has been lodged in the skin. Symptoms improve with hot compresses.
Petroleum is used for cracks or fissures that have a dirty, blackened appearance.
Topically applied homeopathic remedies
Uncomplicated chilblains can be treated by applying an Agaricus ointment with 4% of mother tincture.
Ulcerated chilblains can be treated by bathing the area with potassium permanganate and applying a thin layer of Cicaderma ointment (Boiron Laboratories).