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Homeopathy Helping with Sunburn and Sun Allergy

Summer is with us and while we are having fun in the sun, sunburns and/or sun allergies are often unavoidable with the strong sun shining on us even when we have the strongest sunscreen applied. Luckily, a solution we could turn to is homeopathy.

Typically, a sunburn would be considered to be a first or second degree burn (if more severe) from exposure to the radiation of the sun where symptoms may include redness, pain, swelling, warmth of the affected skin, blisters, general fatigue. Itching, peeling or rash may also occur as the condition develops. To solve this situation, some homeopathic medicine could be taken to ease the pain from sunburns and burns.

  • Arnica: Give Arnica first for the shock of the burn or scald in 30th (2 doses 15 minutes apart) or 200th potency (1 dose immediately). First choice remedy for sunburn too.

  • Urticaria Urens: Follow the Arnica with Urticaria Urens if it is a minor 1st degree burn. Give 30th potency each 15 minutes until pain subsides, or as needed.

  • Cantharis: This is a very good medicine for the pain of burns/sunburn and use this if the pain does not respond to Urticaria urens within 30-45 minutes. Give it in the 30th or 200th potency every 15 minutes until pain is reduced, then as needed.

  • Phosphorus: If the burn is due to electric shock give Phosphorus 30 or 200 every 15 minutes until pain improves.

  • Homeopathic Burns ointment by Boiron: This is a very useful adjunct to oral remedies. Use for first degree burns only and you will be amazed at the rapidity with which the pain lessens and healing takes place.

Furthermore, homeopathic medicine could also be a safe way to treat sun allergy causing no side effects at all. Some commonly used homeopathic medicine for sun allergy includes:

  • Apis Mellifica: Burning and itchy pink swollen patches, improved by cold compresses.

  • Belladonna: Hot bright red rash; sun allergy can be accompanied by fever.

  • Hypericum: “Herbal and homeopathic preparations of St.John`s wort have a completely different action when it comes to sun allergy. Herbal preparations make the skin more vulnerable to sunlight while daily doses of homeopathic dilutions of St.John`s wort have the opposite action - they can desensitize the skin. The skin becomes accustomed to UV light and symptoms caused by sun exposure are reduced.

  • Muriaticum acidum: Red papules and vesicles with violent itching

  • Natrum muriaticum: Sun allergy is worse at the sea side; various chronic skin disorders - urticaria, eczema, acne, herpes; skin and respiratory allergies.

  • Pulsatilla: Thin mottled skin, sensitive to sunlight and cold - prone to sunburn and sun allergy in summer and to frostbites in winter; slow digestion with intolerance to fatty foods; ENT and urogenital disorders with yellow-greenish discharge.

  • Sulphur: Severe sun allergy with violent burning and itching worse by bathing and heat; skin and body orifices turn red easily, prone to various skin disorders and multiple allergy; heat intolerance.

  • Histaminum 9C: for sun allergy: people who are susceptible to hives should take it once a week.

With the help of homeopathic medicine, you can stay safe and have fun for your summer!

Thank you to the following articles for providing us with such valuable information on homeopathy:

  1. Adkins, Sam. "OUCH! Sunburn, Burns and Homeopathy." OUCH! Sunburn, Burns and Homeopathy. The Homeopathic Coach, 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 30 July 2017.

  2. Yurukova, Vasilka. "Are You Allergic to the Sun?" Dr. Yurukova`s Guide to Homeopathy. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 July 2017.

  3. "Homeopathy." Peoples Rx, Austin's Favorite Pharmacy. N.p., 21 May 2013. Web. 30 July 2017.

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