How to treat and avoid insect bites and stings with Homeopathy
Posted Jun 23 2012 6:35pm
Bites and stings of insects (bees, wasps, mosquitoes, spiders, etc...) can cause painful reactions that include swelling and inflammation. In particularly sensitive people, and especially in infants and children, these reactions can become widespread or be complicated by allergic reactions.
The following is a short summary of how to treat bites and stings according to their individual characteristics.
If the bite or sting produces an immediate red swollen area, with stabbing pains and burning that improves with cold application, Apis Mellifica (15c) 5 pellets every fifteen minutes should be administered until the symptoms have disappeared or you feel better.
If the bite or sting causes inflammation with a lump that is painful and accompanied by a burning sensation, may become bluish and bruise-like in the following days and sometimes causing swollen lymph nodes then Tarentula Cubensis (7c) 5 pellets two to four times a day (depending on the intensity of symptoms) should be given.
If the bite or sting causes inflammation with big burning blisters that improve with cold application then one must take Cantharis (7c) two to four times a day, spacing out the doses as you get better which often occurs within two to three days.
If any one of these three aforementioned types of bites or stings is accompanied by an infection, the treatments prescribed will be completed with the addition of Purogenium (9c) 5 pellets twice a day; in case of lymphangitis with Rana Bufo (5c) approximately every six hours.
Calendula or Ledum Palustre ointment can also be directly applied to any bite or sting for relief.
If the bite or sting produces a generalized allergic reaction then we must also reccomend, in addition to the strain chosen according to the type of bite or sting, Histaminum (9c) or Poumon Histamine (15 c) administering 5 pellets of one or the other every two hours.
To prevent insect bites, there is a strain that is quite effective called Ledum Palustre (5c). If taken morning and afternoon, curiously it seems to prevent insect bites in those, from a body type point of view, who are more prone to insect bites. For people going to a tropical area or any area with many insects, especially mosquitoes, the combination of Ledum Palustre (5c) two times a day, along with 100mg vitamin B1 (thiamine), proves to be very effective because the smell of vitamin B12 which is excreted through perspiration and respiration is a very effective insect repellent.