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This remedy is indicated when a feeling of heat accompanies a bright red rash that comes on intensely and suddenly. The person's face is flushed, and pulsations may be felt in the head or other parts of the body.
When this remedy is indicated, a blistery rash comes up in patches, and the person feels tired or ill from being in the sun. A person who needs this remedy also tends to be sensitive to weather changes and allergic to many foods, especially milk.
A person who needs this remedy may feel tired and weak after being in the sun, developing headaches and a blotchy or hive-like rash that itches and burns. Strong thirst, a craving for salt, and a private or reserved personality are other confirmations for this remedy choice.
If a rash breaks out suddenly and the person feels extremely anxious and apprehensive, this remedy may be indicated. Exposure to sunlight, or being out on a cold dry windy day, may precipitate symptoms. The rash may feel numb or itch, and stimulants may reduce the itching.
This remedy can be helpful for a rash that comes from sun exposure (and is sometimes also used in sunstroke). A guiding indication for this remedy is a feeling of general coldness and sensitivity, despite which the person does not want to be covered.
A blistery-looking rash with itching that changes locations from scratching suggests the use of this remedy. Staphysagria is often suited to individuals who are very sensitive emotionally and strongly affected by insults or embarrassment.
Select the medicine that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that medicines be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the medicine work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient. If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different medicine.
Although homeopathic substances listed in this article are generally not known to cause serious side effects, their effectiveness has not been demonstrated by scientific research. Consumers should check labels carefully, since a homeopathic product that is not diluted, or not diluted enough, may contain ingredients that cause allergic reactions, side effects, or interactions. It is always advisable to discuss any new treatment program with your healthcare practitioner.
For more information, see Homeopathy FAQs, "What Is Homeopathy?," and "Using Homeopathy with Professional Guidance" in Homeopathic Medicine.
Rashes that come on from exposure to sunlight are seen in the symptom pictures of several remedies. Other remedies are suited to individuals who feel worse from the sun in general, having rashes, headaches, dizziness, tiredness, and other symptoms. If sensitivity to sunlight seems to be hereditary, a side effect of medication, or associated with an autoimmune condition such as lupus, the cause should be taken into account, and a doctor's care should be sought. Remedies listed here are sometimes helpful as first-aid in moderate situations. Deep-seated or chronic problems are best approached through constitutional care, with the help of an experienced practitioner.
Last Review: 10-31-2012
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