Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that is characterized by an increased pigmentation leading to darkened and velvety skin. It occurs mostly in the folds of the neck, armpits, groins, etc. The condition is usually associated with Type 2 diabetes, obesity, diseases with hormonal imbalances, cancerous conditions, etc. The skin of the affected areas turns hard and rough. There are no other physical symptoms for these conditions.
These changes in the skin occur very slow. The affected area may cause odor and itching rarely. The younger children with this issue may also have a higher risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
Causative Factors for Acanthosis Nigricans:
Here are some causative factors responsible for the development of acanthosis nigricans.
- Hormonal disturbances: Individuals with hormonal imbalances more often than those with polycystic ovarian syndromes, an underactive thyroid, adrenal gland disorders, and Cushing’s syndrome may develop this skin condition.
In such cases, it is vital to get into the root cause of acanthosis nigricans through comprehensive treatment for hypothyroidism to control hormonal balance naturally. Opting for a conventional line of treatment along with homeopathic medicine for the thyroid will help in controlling TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) secretion and preventing further progression of acanthosis nigricans.
- Side-effects of some drugs and supplements: The overuse of steroid medicines, such as prednisone and supplements for niacin, can be the cause of the development of this skin ailment.
- Insulin resistance: Insulin resistance is the most common condition among all these, in individuals suffering from diabetes, for the occurrence of this skin disorder.
- Obesity: Another common condition that is associated with this skin condition is obesity.
- Post-Cancer Treatment: After the treatment of cancer and those who have taken chemotherapy have more chances of developing acanthosis nigricans.
Treatment for Acanthosis Nigricans:
Most of the severe conditions of acanthosis nigricans are non-treatable and irreversible. But, the spread and intensity of the disease can be controlled and minimized. Fortunately, homeopathy is at your rescue. Homeopathy offers many effective remedies for acanthosis nigricans that treat the skin condition gently, effectively, and safely without any side-effects. Learn more about them below.
5 Homeopathic Remedies for Acanthosis Nigricans:
- Lycopodium Clavatum:
This homeopathic remedy is suited for individuals with worse warm applications who suffer from hives that turn worse with the warmth. The patients suffering from violent itching, fissured eruptions, acne, chronic eczema associated with urinary, gastric, and hepatic disorders can find this medicine beneficial. The skin may bleed easily. When your skin becomes thick and indurated, and varicose veins, nævi, and erectile tumors develop, Lycopodium Clavatum may help. Brown spots and freckles occur and turn worse on the left side of the face and nose, this remedy is indicated. When the patient complains of dry, shrunken skin, particularly that of palms, prematurely graying of hair, edema, offensive secretions, viscid and offensive perspiration, particularly on the feet and axilla, this homeopathic medicine can be effective in treating the condition.
Skin complaints with generalized itching that are not relieved by scratching and turns worse in the bends of elbows and knees indicate Sepia. When you experience chloasma, herpetic eruption on the lips, about the mouth, and nose, ringworm-like eruption in every spring, and urticaria by going in the open air that turns better in the warm room, this homeopathic remedy is recommended. Hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis with sweat on the feet, which is worse on the toes, with intolerable odor indicate this medicine. Sepia is also effective in treating lentigo in young women and ichthyosis with an offensive odor of the skin.
Individuals having dry skin with brown spots, zona, and herpetic eruptions can find Thuja helpful. When the patient experience tearing pains in the glands, glandular enlargement, and crippled, brittle, and soft nails, this homeopathic remedy is recommended. Eruptions develop only on covered parts that turn worse after scratching and quite sensitive to touch indicate Thuja. The coldness of one side is another indication. It also helps in treating sarcoma, polypi, and brown spots on the hands and arms.
- Argentum nitricum:
When skin turns brown, tense, and hard and drawing in the skin, as that of a spider-web occurs, Argentum nitricum is indicated. Withered and dried up skin and that with irregular blotches can find this remedy helpful.
Symptoms, such as dry, scaly, and unhealthy skin, and every little injury suppurates indicate Sulphur. When the patient experiences freckles, itching, and burning sensation that turn worse after scratching and washing, this homeopathic remedy may help. Pimply eruptions, pustules, rhagades, and hang-nails, the feeling of a band around the bones, and excoriation, particularly in the folds indicate this medicine. Skin affections after local medication may occur. Pruritus, particularly from the warmth, in the evening, recurrence in the spring-time, and damp weather, indicate Sulphur.
These are some of the homeopathic medicines with their interpretations. I hope you find this blog is informative and helpful.