Most infected skin wounds involve gram positive cocci. Staphylococcus Aureus is the most common although other pathogens including Group A Haemolytic Streptococcus have been implicated.
Certain types of GABHS the same organism implicated in some cases of streptococcal pharyngitis can result in post infection complications like rheumatic fever and post streptococcal glomerulonephritis. Interestingly antibiotic therapy has little impact on the incidence of nephritis though it is thought to be responsible for the decline of rheumatic fever.
Treating streptococcal pharyngitis , impetigo and skin wounds with homeopathy can prevent serious complications.
ARNICA MONDANA :
If given early can help to prevent infection ,by reducing the stagnation of blood and lymph at the site of injury. Arnica enhances local circulation leading to an increased transport of immune cells and healing nutrients to the area and preventing the toxic waste accumulation. According to Boerick arnica can be used for septic conditions and prophylactic of pus infection. When the wound does become infected the correct homeopathic remedy can speeds rapid reduction.
HEPAR SULPHUR :
is a commonly prescribed remedy for infected wounds. Tissues surrounding the wound will be abnormally red and tender to touch with actual or impending purulent discharge. Hepar Sulphur and Calendula are remedies for suppurating wounds. If onset and progression of symptoms are sub acute or chronic Silicea is the first remedy to consider and it may be of help when Hepar Sulphur seems indicated but does nothing.
When infections threaten to become systematic and symptoms of fever and chill are present pyrogen will often cure the case. It is also good for dental abscess.
Must be considered when infection or cellulitis presents with bluish black or purple discoloration of skin. Murphi’s homeopathic repertory lists Lachesis and Vipera under bluish , black or gangrenous wounds.