Biochemics that are indicated in Boils
In the first or inflammatory stage of abscess, boils, carbuncles or felons, for the heat, pain, congestion and fever; given early, in alternation with Kali mur. ,
this remedy will often abort suppuration.
In the second stage of abscess, boils, etc., when there is swelling, but no pus formation, Kali mur. is indicated. If given steadily, in alternation with Ferr. phos., very often the swelling will disappear and no pus will form. The remedy should also be used locally on lint, in a low trituration (3x). Abscess of the breast, very much swollen, but no pus-formation; rub it with vaseline or a lotion on lint.
After the use of Kali mur., and when the pus-formation has commenced, Silicea is the indicated remedy; it greatly assists suppuration, causes the abscess to ripen and often break without surgical interference. After the tumor has broken, Silicea should be used internally and externally, as long as infiltration remains. In felons it is indispensable to control the formation of pus and promote the growth of new nails, which are largely composed of this salt.
After the use of Silicea, and when infiltration has disappeared, should the discharges still continue to torpidity of the tissues, Calc. sulph. is indicated and should be used until the wounds heal. While Calc. sulph. somewhat resembles Silicea in suppurative processes, there remains the following distinguishing feature: Silicea, by promoting the formation of pus, ripens abscess; while Calc. sulph., by restraining suppuration, causes the wound to heal. It is useful in boils, felons, gathered breasts, etc., under the above con-
ditions. Owing to its power of restraining the discharge of pus, it will often abort suppuration, if given in the early stage, before pus has formed; but when this is not possible, Silicea must be used to bring it to the surface.
When the suppurative process affects the bone, causing it to throw off splinters. Suppurating wounds, with hard, callous edges. Pelvic abscess, proceeding from
caries of the bone.
Fistulous abscess of long standing, especially of the lower limbs, when the discharge is watery pus, and the wound is surrounded by a dark, bluish border.
When the suppurative process becomes unhealthy. Pus is bloody, ichorous, offensive and dirty-looking. In gathered breasts, with discharge of foul, dirty matter.