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Homeopathic treatment for Exophthalmos.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Exophthalmos is a condition in which one or both eyeballs bulge forward, exposing an abnormally large part of the front of the eye. The most common cause of the condition is graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the thyroid gland to become overactive. Other possible causes of exophthalmoses include a tumor behind the eyeball or inflammation of the tissue behind eyeball.

Causes of exophthalmos

Exophthalmos commonly results from hyperthyroidism, particularly ophthalmic Grave’s disease in which the eyeball are displaced forward and the lids retract, unilateral exophthalmos may also result from trauma (such as fracture of the ethmoid bone, which allows air from the sinus to enter the orbital tissue, displacing soft tissue and the eyeball). Exophthalmos may also stem from hemorrhage, varicosities, thrombosis, and edema, all of which similarly displace one or both eyeballs.

Other systemic and ocular causes include:

  • Infection – orbital cellulitis, panophalmitis, and infection of the lacrimal gland or orbital tissues.
  • Parasitic cyst – in surrounding tissue.
  • Pesudoexophthalmos paralysis of extraocular muscles – relaxation of eyeball retractors, congenital macrophthalmia, and high myopia.
  • Tumors and neoplastic disease – in children leukemia, gliomas of the optic nerve, dermoid cysts, teratomas, lymphoma; in adult patients, lacrimal gland tumors, mucoceles, cavernous hemangiomas, meningiomas, metastatic carcinoma, and lymphoma.

Symptoms of exophthalmos

In exophthalmos, the causes tend to feel dry. Eye movement may be restricted, which can cause double vision. In severe cases, the eye is pressed so far forward that the eyelids may not close completely and the front of the eye may become dry and feel gritty, causing pain and blurred vision.

Exophthalmos diagnosis

Because bilateral exophthalmos is usually due to hyperthyroidism, a thyroid profile must be done. The most useful in the profile are the total T? level by immunoassay, the free thyroxine index, and the radioiodine (T?) test by immunoassay should be done to exclude T? thyrotoxicosis. ‘because bilateral exophthalmos can occur without hyperthyroidism, testing for thyrotropin can occur without hyperthyroidism, testing for thyrotropin receptor antibody and peroxidase antibodies must be done if thyroid function tests are negative.

When there is unilateral exophthalmos, ultrasonography and angiography will rule out carotid cavernous fistula and a cystic lesion.

A CT scan of the brain and orbits will rule out tumors and abscesses.

Homeopathic treatment for Exophthalmos

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat exophthalmos but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat exophthalmos that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.  For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of exophthalmos:

Ferrum Met, Ferrum Iod, Iodium, Secale Cor, Aurum Met, Baryta Carb, Calcaria Carb, Ignatia, Natrum Mur, Phosphorous, Spongia, Amyl Nitrosum, Arsenic Album, Badiaga, Belladonna, Cactus, Conium, Crotolus H, Digitalis, and many other medicines.

Symptoms , Causes & Prevention of Conjuctivitis

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Watering
  • Thick, stringy discharge which may be yellowish or greenish in color
  • Eye pain
  • Swelling of the eye
  • Sensation of particle in the eye
  • Aversion to light
  • Sneezing and runny nose in allergic conjunctivitis.

Causes:

It can be classified into two types:

A) Infectious conjunctivitis:

Infectious conjunctivitis is either bacterial or viral in origin and spreads to the other eye when one eye is infected. It also spreads to people coming in contact with the affected person.

B) Non-infectious conjunctivitis:

Non-infectious conjunctivitis occurs due to pollen or some foreign body or pollutants or dust or household cleaners, smoke, entering the eye, underlying diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cytomegalovirus, lupus, Kawasaki’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease. It does not spread. Herpes can also cause non-infectious conjunctivitis. Chemical conjunctivitis is caused due to burns and exposure to toxic chemicals. Allergic conjunctivitis is accompanied by irritation and discharge from the nose as well which is worse in dry weather and better by moist weather.

Prevention:

Staying away from allergens, is one way of preventing allergic conjunctivitis.

Washing the eyes, face and hands frequently during the day prevents infectious conjunctivitis.

Staying away from crowded places and using personal towels and napkins and handkerchiefs prevents the disease from spreading. to others.

Homeopathic Remedies for Conjunctivitis

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Conjunctivitis, or “pinkeye” is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the whites of the eyes. The cause is usually viral (if bacteria are involved, the discharge will be thick and yellow-green). Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergy, irritation from pollutants, windburn, or exposure to too much sun. Homeopathic remedies can help to reduce inflammation and ease discomfort in conjunctivitis.

Homeopathic Treatment for Conjunctivitis :

Apis mellifica: Puffy, pink, watery swelling that feels better from cold applications is a strong indication for this remedy. Stinging, burning pain may be experienced, and the eyelids may stick together. A person who needs this remedy often feels irritable, disliking interference.

Argentum nitricum: Swelling with yellowish or pus-like discharge, and redness and inflammation of the whites and inner corners of the eyes, suggest the use of this remedy. The person’s eyes may be tired and achy, worse from light and warmth, and better from cool water, cold compresses, and fresh air. People who need this remedy often have a strong desire for both salt and sweets.

Hepar sulphuris calcareum: When the eyes feel sore or bruised, with inflammation and burning pain, or a feeling as if the eyes are being pulled back into the head, this remedy may be indicated. Yellow discharge can stick the eyelids shut, especially in the morning. Warm compresses, and warmth in general, often ease discomfort. Extreme sensitivity to cold, as well as to light and noise, is often seen. The person may be very irritable and touchy.

Mercurius solubilis: People needing this remedy often feel ill and tired, with erratic body temperature and sensitivity both to heat and cold. Discharge is greenish-yellow and can irritate the lids and margins of the eyes. A person who needs this remedy often has swollen glands, offensive breath, and excessive salivation.

Natrum muriaticum: Swollen lids with burning tears and a feeling that the eyes are bruised suggest a need for this remedy. Mucus or pus forms and can make the eyelids stick together. People who need this remedy often feel sad and tired, acting irritable if someone shows them sympathy.

Pulsatilla: Conjunctivitis with thick, yellow, itchy discharge (often accompanying a cold or the measles) suggests a need for this remedy. The person is emotional and sensitive, feeling worse from warmth and in stuffy rooms, and relieved by cool fresh air.

Sulphur: This remedy may be helpful if the eyes are very red and irritated, with burning, smarting, sticking pains and a nagging itch. The whites of the eyes look red and bloodshot, and the tears feel hot. Symptoms are worse from heat, and light will hurt the eyes. The eyelids may look contracted, especially in the morning.

 

Homeopathy Dosage Directions

Select the remedy 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.