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Apr 26, 2011

Nettle rash (urticaria):

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-JAHR Georg Heinrich Gottlieb
Urticaria
Description of disease. - An eruption resembling that produced by the stinging of nettles, attended with itching, burning, or stinging pain. The rash often appears instantaneously, disappears in the warmth and reappears in the cold, and seldom stays many hours in the same place, and may be caused by mechanical irritation, cold, or acidity and other disorders of the stomach.
Apis mellifica
Is a specific in most cases where the stinging is severe.
DOSE. - As Aconitum. See below.

Acute or accidental nettle rash
Medicinal treatment.
Aconitum napellus
If there is much fever.
DOSE. - Two drops in a dessertspoonful of water every three or four hours.
Bryonia alba
If it chiefly affects the joints, or arises from damp weather.
DOSE. - As Aconitum.
Dulcamara
If the rash is produced by a cold or chill.
DOSE. - As Aconitum.
Pulsatilla pratensis
If it is caused by eating rich or fat food, or by indigestion, or gastric derangement.
DOSE. - As Aconitum.
Rhus toxicodendron
If of a burning, stinging character, or if produced by eating fish, or shell-fish, or by damp weather.
DOSE. - As Aconitum.
Urtica urens
Is considered by many the best remedy for this affection, especially when the skin appears elevated with a white central special and red areola. It is also useful when the eruption recedes, and causes vomiting, fainting, and sometimes diarrhoea.
DOSE. - As Aconitum.
Accessory treatment
See under Indigestion. - The diet must be plain and simple, abstaining from everything of a heating or stimulating character. Sponge frequently with tepid water or bran-tea (hot water poured over bran). As errors of diet and exposure to cold are the frequent causes of this ailment, care should be taken by those subject to it, to avoid irritating articles of food and exposure to damp.

Check of the eruption
Medicinal treatment
Bryonia alba
If the eruption suddenly disappears and is followed by difficulty of breathing. - See Retrocession of the eruption under Measles.
DOSE. - Two drops in a dessertspoonful of water every two hours.
Urtica urens
See under Acute Nettle rash.

Chronic nettle rash
Medicinal treatment
Arsenicum album
In very severe cases accompanied with much burning.
DOSE. - Two drops in a dessertspoonful of water every four or six hours.
Calcarea carbonica
If the rash passes off in the cool air.
DOSE. - Two grains, dry on the tongue, night and morning.
Sulphur
If not permanently relieved by other medicines, or may be taken alternately every other week with Calcarea Carb.
DOSE. - As Calcarea Carb.
Accessory treatment
See under Acute Nettle rash.

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