Winter and skin in Homeopathy

As winter is approaching, and we find skin related problems in our patients. I analyzed 3 rubrics from Kent’s Repertory to see how winter is affecting skin symptoms.

I considered:

Skin; CRACKS; winter, in (9 remedies) — Kent’s Repertory is having 1 rubric Cracks where Kent added a small group of homeopathic medicines which have affinity to aggravate this skin symptom in winter weather. This is the only sub-rubric which is having winter aggravation in Kent’s repertory.

Skin; ERUPTIONS; winter (15 remedies) — A general rubric we find related to any skin eruption condition aggravating in winter.

Generalities; WINTER, in (68 remedies) — A general rubric where the patient as a whole is worse in winter weather.

After repertorisation from Kent’s Repertory we have only 6 homeopathic remedies are common to these 3 rubrics:

Image of repertorisation from Kent’s Repertory:

Now, go to Boericke’s Materia Medica and see how these 6 homeopathic remedies are representing for skin symptoms:

First, consider 3 rubric symptoms we took in our analysis, and then read materia medica points.

1. Calcarea carb skin:

Skin cracks in winter
Skin eruptions more in winter
Patient is aggravated in winter

Unhealthy; readily ulcerating; flaccid.  Small wounds do not heal readily.  Glands swollen.  Nettle rash; better in cold air.  Warts on face and hands.  PETECHIAL ERUPTIONS.  Chilblains.  Boils.

2. Petroleum skin:

Skin cracks in winter
Skin eruptions more in winter
Patient is aggravated in winter

Itching at night.  Chilblains, moist, itch and burn.  Bed-sores.  SKIN DRY, CONSTRICTED, VERY SENSITIVE, ROUGH AND CRACKED, LEATHERY.  Herpes.  Slightest scratch makes skin suppurate.  (HEPAR.) Intertrigo; psoriasis of hands.  THICK, GREENISH CRUSTS, BURNING AND ITCHING; REDNESS, RAW; CRACKS BLEED EASILY.  Eczema.  Rhagades WORSE IN WINTER.

3. Sepia skin:

Skin cracks in winter
Skin eruptions more in winter
Patient is aggravated in winter

Herpes circinatus in isolated spots.  Itching; not relieved by scratching; worse in bends of elbows and knees.  Chloasma; herpetic eruption on lips, about mouth and nose.  Ringworm-like eruption every spring.  Urticaria on going in open air; better in warm room.  Hyperhidrosis and bromidrosis.  Sweat on feet, worse on toes; intolerable odor.  Lentigo in young women.  Ichthyosis with offensive odor of skin.

4. Psorinum skin:

Skin cracks in winter
Skin eruptions more in winter
Patient is aggravated in winter

Dirty, dingy look.  Dry, lusterless, rough hair.  INTOLERABLE ITCHING.  Herpetic eruptions, especially on scalp and bends of joints with itching; worse, from warmth of bed.  Enlarged glands.  Sebaceous glands secrete excessively; oily skin.  Indolent ulcers, slow to heal Eczema behind ears.  Crusty eruptions all over.  Urticaria after every exertion.  Pustules near finger-nails.

5. Sulphur skin:

Skin cracks in winter
Skin eruptions more in winter
Patient is aggravated in winter

DRY, SCALY, UNHEALTHY; EVERY LITTLE INJURY SUPPURATES.  Freckles.  ITCHING, BURNING; WORSE SCRATCHING AND WASHING.  Pimply eruption, pustules, rhagades, hang-nails.  Excoriation, especially in folds.  (LYC.) Feeling of a band around bones.  Skin affections after local medication.  PRURITUS, especially from warmth, in evening, often recurs in spring-time, in damp weather.

6. Alumina skin:

Skin cracks in winter
Skin eruptions more in winter
Patient is aggravated in winter

Chapped and dry tettery.  Brittle nails.  INTOLERABLE ITCHING WHEN GETTING WARM IN BED.  Must scratch until it bleeds; then becomes painful.  Brittle skin on fingers.

Well, this is a very simple analysis about winter and skin. For prescribing homeopathic remedy to a patient, you need to be careful about patient’s symptoms and the philosophy behind the repertory through which you are analyzing your case.

I feel, this small synopsis will be helpful in managing your skin in winter.

Dr. Anil Singhal
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4 thoughts on “Winter and skin in Homeopathy”

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  2. sir.
    I am having skin complain from my childhood
    it worse only in Winter
    it is on left side on medial side
    I am having no pain no itching
    nothing..
    just skin having black bluish discoloration…
    with this there no any suggestivehistory
    no complain..
    only skin complain only in Winter.

    Thank you

  3. age 42, Male
    I have guttate psoriasis worse in winter, and nothing (cure) in summer)
    no itching
    no perspiration
    mostly on buttock, thigh, elbow
    no other complaints
    Nature- Anxiety
    sleep at late night
    Dark Circle under eye

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