When Diving In Can Harm Your Skin
Every summer, millions of people flock to pools, oceans, and lakes to feel refreshed when heat and sweating are inescapable. Unfortunately, you may not be able to hide from the resulting skin issues. The good news is they can be easily mitigated with a few key homeopathic medicines.
Bacteria and germs thrive in moist, warm environments. That’s why athlete’s foot is oh-so-common among swimmers. This fungal infection easily spread in bathrooms, changing rooms, and other recreational areas where people are often barefoot. Of course, anti-itch creams and powders can be used, but homeopathy has solutions. Arsenicum iodatum 6C (also available to order at your local health food store) is used to relieve itchy lesions due to fungal infections.* Graphites 6C can be added if the lesions are accompanied by ooze and crust.*
The viruses that cause warts are also contagious and frequently spread through shared towels and surfaces around the pool. Thuja occidentalis 30C, the homeopathic preparation of white cedar, will painlessly treat warts of various appearances, including the plantar kind.*
Suffering from itchy or dry skin, or even a rash after a day in the water? You’re not alone. Chlorine and other pool chemicals are known skin irritants, especially when kept at high levels like in public pools. Even lakes, ponds, and oceans may harbor things that can cause skin problems (think sea lice, algae, and parasites — eek!). Staphysagria 6C helps relieve skin rashes with itching and hypersensitivity to touch.* For itching that’s triggered by heat, water, or contact with wool, try Sulphur 6C.
The dosage for each medicine is five pellets three times a day, but as with most homeopathic medicines, the frequency can be increased or reduced as symptoms change.
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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.