Homeopathy Tips for 4/21/09 Bites and Stings

     Spring is finally coming to the Sierra Nevada mountains and the high desert of the eastern slope. With the warmer weather have come the wildflowers and flowers of every kind in peoples yards. It is really quite beautiful and my favorite time of year. But with this comes the insects to pollinate and other creatures that can bite and sting us. It is always a good idea to have some good remedies available in the event you are someone you know is suffering from a bite or sting.

     Anaphalactic shock is the greatest worry for someone having an allergic reaction to a poisonous bite or sting. This is most common after a bee or wasp sting. It is sudden, severe and possibly fatal if not treated appropriately. Once a person has developed an allergy to the venom, their reaction usually becomes more acute with each reaction.

     Symptoms of anaphalactic shock could include an immediate drop in blood pressure, fainting, hives, itching in any part of the body especially ears, mouth and throat, mental confusion, and rapid swelling of the effected part. 

      The allopathic treatment for anaphylactic shock is an injection of Epinepherine a synthetic for of adrenaline. Those who are severely allergic should carry an epi-pen so they can give themselves and injection to help reduce the reaction.  The drug Benedryl will also help. If someone is experiencing these reactions it is absolutely necessary for them to get to the hospital fast. It can be life threatening.

     Thankfully there are homeopathic remedies that can be given that may work equally as fast and effective as the allopathic drugs. Apis Mellifica is the leading remedy to think of when there has been a bite or sting and anaphylactic shock is happening. It will usually help best if given in as high of potency as possible and fairly often if the person responds well. Apis corresponds well to the rapid swelling being from the honeybee. Other remedies to consider are Aconite, Belladonna and Carbolic Acid.

      Bee’s stingers have barbs and they loose them after the injection causing them to die. Removal of the stinger is important and should be done as quickly as possible. Never squeeze the stinger as this puts more venom into the skin. Scrape across the stinger with a flat edged object like a penny or credit card edge. this pulls the barbed stinger out. Ice applied quickly will help reduce swelling. Apis should be considered as well as Ledum. Ledum may benefit if the swellings are accompanied by burning pains and are aggravated by motion and warmth but benefited by cold applications.

     Wasps, yellow-jackets and hornets have stingers without barbs. Unlike bees they can sting repeatedly. Do your best to get them off of you to avoid repeated stings. Think again of Apis, Ledum and Arnica.

      Exposure to ticks can be found in heavily wooded areas and off of animals that have roamed there. Tic bites in themselves are not usually so problematic but the diseases they carry can be very severe. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) and Lymes disease are two of the most bothersome. RMSF is most common in the western United States. Symptoms include Fever, headaches, muscle pains followed by rash. The rash is distinctive in that it has many individual spots making up the rash. Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transferred from the tick into the bloodstream. There is a incubation period of about one month before symptoms appear. The bite often becomes enlarged and a red ring around it. After this clears lesions or blotches develop on the skin. Many people experience flu like symptoms with fever, muscle aches, chills, lethargy, and stiff neck. If left untreated arthritic symtoms may appear.

      Removal of the tic should happen as soon as possible. The tic will bore its head into the skin and can be difficult to remove. The heat from a match that has been blown out and immediatelyplaced near it will create discomfort and cause it to release its grip. Sometimes petroleum jelly applied over the tic will suffocate it and cause it to loose its grip. Removal should be sone by tweezers and the tic should be kept for identification by an expert later. Do not leave the tics head in the skin as this could lead to infection. Clean the wound well.

     Treatment of the tic bite is important. Locally Calendula or Plantago ointment can be applied. Ledum is probably one of the best for tic bites. Think of Arnica, Cedron; if there is any periodicity to symptoms and Echinacia if there is any infection in the blood.

    If effects of tic bite lead to more complex symptoms that are diagnosed as RMSF or Lymes disease a more thorough case needs to be taken and a remedy prescribed for the whole person.

     Mosquito bites can be very irritating and also can carry serious consequences. In some parts of the world mosquitoes can infect a person with malaria, dengue fever, or yellow fever. These conditions also need to be treated by taking a more thorough case of the individual. The irritation of mosquito bites can be treated Calendula, Ledum or Staphysagria.

      Spider bites can also be as deadly as a snake bite depending on the species. Both of these bites need to be treated  as quickly as possible and the person should be taken to hospital for immediate medical attention. Symptoms of spider bites can include convulsions, cramping, acute severe pain, breathing difficulties, headache, itching, stiffness, spasms vomiting and weakness. Some spider bites can lead to localized necrosis that can take months to heal. Crotalus Horridus is often the remedy for this condition.

     Ideally if bitten by a spider one should try to capture it if possible for identification.  Other remedies to keep in mind are Tarantula Cubensis, Latrodectus Mactans,  Ledum and Lachesis.

      A good exercise in learning more about remedies for bites and stings is to study Materia Medica for each of the remedies listed below. Investigating these remedies will give a better picture of each of them and the reasons to prescribe them.

  • Apis – Burning, stinging pains . Swelling of effected part. Stings of insects, esp.bees. Anaphylactic shock.
  • Arnica – Shock after stings, swelling esp with ecchymosis. Insects, bees and wasps.
  • Caladium – Mosquitoes, flea and gnat bits. Burning itching pains.
  • Calendula – Insect bits, scorpion stings. Locally applied in tincture and gel or lotion relieves pain.
  • Cedron – Any symptom of bites or stings with a marked periodicity.
  • Acetic Acid – Swellings from insect bites and stings.
  • Aconite – Shock from bites and stings. Great fear of death.
  • Crotalus Horridus – Especially good for spider bites that create necrosis. blue discoloration of skin, fever inflamation.
  • Echinacea – Blueness or gangreen after bites. Septic conditions.
  • Ledum – One of the best for any bite or sting. Pains relieved from cold applications.
  • Urtica Urens – Itching, stinging allergic reactions with urticaria.
  • Belladonna – Stings of insects especially in the mouth. Anaphylactic shock.
  • Lachesis – blue discoloration of the skin. Swellings from venomous bites.
  • Plantago – Topically like Calendula very soothing for bee and wasp stings.
  • Carbolic Acid – Allergic reactions after bites and stings. Anaphylactic shock.
  • Hypericum – When bites and stings are extremely painful.
  • Latrodectus Mactans – Poisonous stings and bites, esp spider bites. Pain in the affected part. Heart palpitations.
  • Vespa Crabro – Stings from bees and wasps with a cutting sensation or being pulled by a hook.
  • Tarantula Cubensis – Great restlessness. Burning pains and septic conditions.

     By studying these remedies you will learn much more about them. Remember that homeopathy is about collecting the symptom picture accurately and prescribing to the whole person. Having an emergency kit available so you can treat the person is highly recommended. These bites and stings are never planned for and can be potentially fatal for some people. Having remedies available will allow you to help and can potentially save a life. Remember in any emergency to ask for help from higher powers, get help and get the person to medical care as soon as possible.

18 comments so far

  1. K. Rajagopala Kurup. on

    Right remedies for the right season.

  2. shirley gillotti on

    Thank you Robert for outlining this so clearly. I like being prepared for all these possible scenarios. What potency would you suggest for most of these emergency conditions?

    Thanks
    Shirley

    Hi Shirley,
    Thanks for asking. I didn’t mention potency. The 30C is a great potency for all acutes. If it doesn’t hold then a 200C would be next.
    Robert

  3. mah-jabeen on

    Good , all this remides. thaks.

  4. Gerald Field on

    Thanks, Robert. This is thorough. Thanks so much for this information. Jerry

  5. Rooksie on

    All the discussion about anaphylactic shock in regards to insect stings and spider bites made me think of the prevalent peanut allergy that children have now-a-days would the same remedies apply as long as they match the symptoms – are you familiar with any cases of nut allergies being sucessfully treated/cured with homeopathy?

    Hi Rooksie,
    Yes, Homeopathy can help any condition of anaphylactic shock. But remember that immediate medical care is to be found as soon as possible. In the meantime homeopathy can help. Based on similar symptopms of shock similar homeopathic remedies would be useful.
    Thanks,
    Robert

    all the best and continued thanks for this most valuable newsletter
    Rooksie

  6. jay on

    learning experience ! req. to send me abt mind and physiology of different chemicals and hormones with clinical importance…. thanx

  7. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Thanks Dr.Robert for this seasonal bites remedy.In my openion if a patient is suffering from anaphylactic shock due to insects bites an immediate hospitalization is correct decision.Regards,drmalaker

  8. Dr Bajwa on

    Thanks for information. in my openion there must be awareness of firstaid treatment also in snakebite etc. thanks.

    Hi Dr Bajwa,
    I agree, but I had to limit the length of this article to insects. Snake and animal bites are another article at a different time. Thanks.
    Robert

  9. Dr. Poonam Batra on

    Thanks for the tips. Robert, can you share your experience about the allergic rash after drnking milk or eating milk products,almonds, even if they come in contact with the skin.

    Hi Dr. Poonam Batra,
    I have found that the best way to treat allergies is through a more constitutional approach and not by the use of specific allergins that have a homeopathic preparation made from them. The susceptability of the person is much bigger than the allergic reaction only. Always take into account that the substance aggravates the person and if you can find remedies in your repertory under this it is good to include in your repertization. But finding what is really asking to be healed is most important. I have also found that a particular acupuncture technique called NAET is very good for the desensitization to particular allergins. It is safe , quik and lasting.
    Robert Field

  10. sachin goyal on

    DISCUSS SOMETHING ABOUT DOG BITE AND IT’S TREATMENT IN HOMOEOPATHY ,AS IN INDIA THE PERCENTAGE OF VICTIMS IS MUCH MORE

    Hi Sachin,
    I would like to answer your request here but it is really an article for another newsletter to do the subject justice. I will try to include this in a future newsletter. Thanks,
    Robert Field

  11. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Hi sachin,we can treat a patient of animal bites but first of its, it should be think what type of dog,snake or cats have been bitten.If a pet dog,cat is pre-injected with vaxin no need to follow antirabish vaccination,our homeopathy in that case is sufficient as Ledum pal is stands specific with the help calendulla Q lotion.The rest is snake or other street dog or cat bites the modern vaccination is essential.Regards,malaker

    Hi Everyone,
    Ledum is a very good remedy in a bite, but never forget Lyssin. It is not only for the rabid case of bite but for any dog bite or cat scratch or bite. It is a very good remedy and can help when remedies like Ledum or Hypericum have failed. Never forget Lyssin.
    Thanks for all of your comments,
    Robert

  12. Paravastu Venkatappaiah on

    Sir,
    Thank u very….much for the tips for bites and stings. It is really elevating and very helpful. The range of remedies suggested are very revealing. I used Apis, Ledum and some other remdies with instant and magical relief to the victims. I once again thank u very much for the tips helping many. I will be grateful and remain so for the continuous help.
    Thanking you,
    Yours faithfully.

  13. Michelle Lucafo on

    I wish to add another rx- Gentiana Lutea. It was presented to me as a rx for cases similar to Apis only more serious. I have given it once and it was very successful. A man was stung by a bee and was very concerned because he generally suffers for days with sx- respiratory etc- so he was eager to try the rx I offered him. Within 30 min he was fine.
    Thank you for the nice list of rx and sx.

  14. DR.A.K.SRIVASTAVA on

    very good article reveling list of medicine with specifications other medecine are also reprted to work significantly

  15. Robert Lal on

    I have always used Apis and Arnica and Ledum and found giving instant relief.

  16. Muhammad Siddique on

    Dear Doctor R
    This is old blog but I am new comer,I have 5kids every summer my family suffers Malaria. Will you give some effective remedies for prevention?
    Thanks

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  18. Ede Godson Chibuzo on

    Homeopathic remedy works wonderfully unlike allopathic drugs.


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