HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR KERATOSIS PILARIS
Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The bumps generally don't hurt or itch.
Keratosis pilaris is often considered a variant of normal skin. It can't be cured or prevented. But you can treat it with moisturizers and prescription creams to help improve the appearance of the skin. The condition usually disappears by age 30.
Causes--Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin.
No one knows exactly why keratin builds up. But it may occur in association with genetic diseases or with other skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis. Dry skin tends to worsen this condition.
Symptoms-Keratosis pilaris can occur at any age, but it's more common in young children. Signs and symptoms include:
· Painless tiny bumps, typically on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks
· Dry, rough skin in the areas with bumps
· Worsening when seasonal changes cause low humidity and skin tends to be drier
· Sandpaper-like bumps resembling goose flesh
Well selected Homoepathic remedies are effective for managing Keratosis pilaris. Some of the important remedies are given below-
AGARICUS MUSCARIUS 30- Agaricus is best for keratosis pilaris with small hard eruptions. There is much burning, itching, and redness of the affected part.
ARSENIC ALB 30- Arsenic alb is excellent for Keratosis pilaris with dry skin. The skin is dry, rough, scaly , worse from cold and scratching. There is much burning and restlessness.
RHUS TOXICODENDRON 30-Rhus tox is best for keratosis pilaris with much redness and itching. Sensitive to cold air
BORAX 30- Borax is prescribed when the skin becomes dry, festers easily, won’t heal.Whitish pimple like bumps on the body.
BOVISTA 30- Boviata is best for Keratosis pilaris with tottery eruptions, dry or moist. Pimple like bumps on the body. Urticaria like symptoms on excitement with rheumatic lameness , palpitation and diarrhea.
LITHIUM CARB 30-Lithium carb is prescribed where dry harsh skin , with scabby , tottery eruptions on hands and cheeks preceded by red raw skin.
MERCURIUS 30-Mercurius is best for Keratosis pilaris with moist skin. There is a general tendency to easy perspiration , but patient is not relieved from it.Itching , worse from warmth of bed.
PHOSPHORUS 30- Phosphorus is useful for Keratosis pilaris with ecchymosis. Wounds bleed very much , even if small.
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS 200- Thuja is best for Keratosis pilaris with warts and polyps. Here the skin eruptions only on covered parts , worse after scratching. Brown spots on hands and arms.
SEPIA 30- Sepia is best for keratosis pilaris with blotched, raw, rough, hard bumps on face. There is much redness of the part affected.
SULPHUR 200- Sulphur is an excellent remedy for Keratosis pilaris with pimply eruptions. The skin is dry, scaly and unhealthy. Much itching, especially from warmth . Burning when scratched.