June 12, 2013 | Posted in Inflammations / Infections, Skin / Hair / Nails

Abscesses (and “boils” which are more superficial than abscesses) are full of the metabolic activity which is characteristic of the digestion.


Inflammation in overdrive in the skin can create pus, a hot, red, tender swelling we call a boil or abscess.  Staphylococci are the most common bacteria involved.  A splinter, or a skin structure (hair follicle, sweat gland, or sebaceous gland) may be the focal point of the swelling.

The center of the abscess may soften and drain spontaneously, which usually solves the problem, allowing healing to proceed.   If it does not soften, it is important to see a medical practitioner who can perform  I&D (incision and drainage).  This prevents spread of infection to surrounding tissues or into the bloodstream.

If recurrent, dietary avoidance of pork, fats, sugars, and investigation for diabetes (See Diabetes) or vitamin D deficiency (See Vitamins) are essential. Careful use of skin care products (See suggestions in Acne) and detoxifying may help to interrupt the vicious cycle.

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Supportive treatment begins with avoiding protein and sugar in the diet for several days.  Fresh fruit is fine, except for bananas.

Compresses are powerful, and should be used faithfully for 5-10 minutes at least four times per day.  Use warm to hot water, water alone or containing Echinacea or Calendula Essence (approx 1 tsp in 1/2 cup water) (Uriel Pharmacy or Weleda Pharmacy).

After each hot compress, apply Mercurialis Calendula ointment (Uriel Pharmacy) or Wound Care (Weleda) and cover with bandage.

Alternatively, put straight Echinacea essence on the center of a bandaid, and apply to the boil and wear it until the next time to soak. Repeat some kind of application — Mercurialis Calendula ointment or bandaid with Echinacea essence — after each soak.

Uriel Apis Belladonna Mercurius for adults 10 pellets four times per day orally supports resolving the inflammation.

Uriel Lachesis Belladonna for adults 10 pellets four times per day orally is valuable for left-sided inflammation, same dosing.

Thieves’ Oil (Young Living) is valuable in hand washing and as compress if MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) is involved.

MediHoney (Derma Sciences) is sterile gauze impregnated with honey.  Studies have shown it helpful in acute and chronic wounds, applied for up to 24 hours at a time.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR:  Practitioners may  increase pellets to hourly and follow closely if situation is acute. Prescription Erysidoron 1 and 2 from Weleda are valuable alternatives.  Baths with formica may be used for overweight people, tending to inflammations. (Rudolf Steiner, Ch 14, Introducing Anthroposophic Medicine.)

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Boils, abscesses, pimples on the face should never be squeezed because of the possibility of spreading bacteria through a vein on the face to the brain.  Practitioner’s sound advice early on assures you have access to medical care should some complication arise.

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Introducing Anthroposophic Medicine (formerly Spiritual Science and Medicine), Steiner, Rudolf, Anthroposophic Press, 1999

DermaSciences  www.dermasciences.com 1+ 800 825 4325 (in USA) +1 609 514 4744 (outside USA)

Uriel Pharmacy www.urielpharmacy.com  +1 866 642 2858 (in USA)  +1 262 642 2858 (outside USA)

Weleda Pharmacy www.weleda.com +1 800 241 1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info outside USA)

Young Living www.youngliving.com +1 800 371 3515 (in USA)

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