Insect bites and homeopathy

Insect bites and stings (mosquitos, spiders, bees, wasps…) can provoke painful reactions causing oedema and inflammation (swelling, itching, burning…). In sensitive individuals, these reactions can spread and develop into allergic conditions.

How can I treat insect bites and stings with homeopathy?
In most cases, this discomfort can be alleviated with one or more of the following medications, selected for their pathogenetic characteristics.

Apis mellifica for insect bites and stings

This medication is almost always recommended. It is used for stings or bites that are characterised by the sudden appearance of a pinkish swelling together with sharp, burning pains that improve with cold compresses.

The granules are taken every 15 minutes and then spaced out as the condition improves. These dilutions should be administered with care, as certain individuals may be allergic to them.

Tarentula cubensis for insect bites and stings

This medication is advised when the bite or sting causes a localised, painful hardening of the surrounding tissue and is accompanied by an intense burning sensation. In the following days, the sting could become blue and bruised and in some cases, a peripheral lymph swelling may develop.

We prescribe it four times a day in low dilutions.

Cantharis vesicatoria for insect bites and stings

The above medication is given when the bite or sting has produced a phlyctenoid reaction with large, itchy, scaly and burning blisters that are relieved by applying cold compresses. It is taken 2 to 4 times a day, and is effective when taken in this pattern.

Ledum palustre for insect bites and stings

This medication is advised when itchy, scaly, lumpy rashes or lesions appear that are painful and cold to the touch and are soothed with cold compresses.

Ledum palustre is a very interesting medication, as it can be used to prevent insect bites and stings if taken morning and night.

When used as a prophylaxis, it will be taken throughout the duration of the infestation. This medication is not used as an anti-malarial prophylaxis but does supplement allopathic treatment.

Topical Use

Soak a cotton wool ball in the following medications and apply directly onto the bite or sting:

Calendula 4 DH

Ledum palustre 4 DH

Patients who develop serious allergic reactions to insect bites and stings will need to be given a particular background treatment, as the patient is displaying acute symptoms of a chronic condition that can usually be improved with homeopathic treatment.

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