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Cantharis - Skin symptoms

Spanish Fly, Cantharidin

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HPUS label indication: Minor burns

Below are the strongest indications of Cantharis in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

BETTER, rubbing.
WORSE, from touch, or approach, urinating, drinking cold water or Coffee.
Antidotes: Acon.; Camph.; Puls.
Compare: Cantharis - (Glomerular nephritis). The immediate pharmacological action of Cantharidin is irritability of the capillaries, rendering the passage of nutritive fluids through them less difficult. This is most marked in the capillaries of the kidneys. The increase of blood sugar coincident with the glomerular nephritis appears to be a valuable observation. Vesicaria - (Urinary and kidney remedy. Smarting, burning sensation along urethra and in bladder with frequent desire to void urine often with strangury. Cystitis irritable bladder. Tincture 5-10 drop doses). Fuschina coloring substance used in adulteration of wine ( Cortical nephritis with albuminuria, 6th-thirtieth potency Redness of ears, mouth, swollen gums; deep, red urine; red, profuse diarrhoea, with severe abdominal pains). Androsace lactea (urinary troubles, diuretic; dropsy). Apis; Ars.; Merc. Cor.
Complementary: Camph.


Burns, scalds, with rawness and smarting, relieved by cold applications, followed by undue inflammation
Erysipelas, vesicular type, with great restlessness
Vesicular eruptions, with burning and itching
Burning in soles of feet at night.
Dermatitis venenata with bleb formation
Eruption with mealy scales
Secondary eczema about scrotum and genitals, following excessive perspiration

Abnormal growths; ulcers
Abnormal growths; ulcers; burning
Abnormal growths; ulcers; burning; when touched
Abnormal growths; ulcers; discharges; bloody
Abnormal growths; ulcers; discharges; copious
Abnormal growths; ulcers; generating pus
Abnormal growths; ulcers; itching
Abnormal growths; ulcers; smarting
Abnormal growths; ulcers; stinging, sudden, sharp
Abnormal growths; ulcers; with tearing pain

Becomes sore when lying down
Becomes sore when lying down; feeling

Blisters; filled with blood
Blisters; itching
Blisters; surrounded by red skin, from excessive perspiring
Blisters; washing
Blisters; watery


Discoloration; brown, liver spots
Discoloration; red
Discoloration; red; after scratching
Discoloration; red; spots
Discoloration; spots; stinging
Discoloration; yellow, jaundice, etc.
Discoloration; yellow, jaundice, etc.; spots

Dry; burning

Gangrene; cold
Gangrene; from burns or gangrenous sores

Goose bumps

Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)
Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); after scratching
Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); blisters
Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); with swelling
Inflammation; tendency to inflame

Itching; burning
Itching; changing place on scratching
Itching; crawling
Itching; gnawing, biting
Itching; scratching
Itching; scratching
Itching; stinging
Itching; tickling
Itching; wandering

Like insects crawling on skin

Out-breaks on skin
Out-breaks on skin; after scratching
Out-breaks on skin; blisters
Out-breaks on skin; blisters; as from a burn
Out-breaks on skin; burning
Out-breaks on skin; burning; touch
Out-breaks on skin; chicken-pox
Out-breaks on skin; discharging, moist
Out-breaks on skin; discharging, moist; yellow
Out-breaks on skin; eczema
Out-breaks on skin; gnawing, biting
Out-breaks on skin; groups of itching blisters
Out-breaks on skin; herpetic; zoster, zona
Out-breaks on skin; itching
Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; nodular
Out-breaks on skin; painful
Out-breaks on skin; peeling in scales
Out-breaks on skin; pimples
Out-breaks on skin; pimples; burning
Out-breaks on skin; pimples; stinging
Out-breaks on skin; pimples; tingling
Out-breaks on skin; psoriasis (red patches with silvery scales)
Out-breaks on skin; pus-filled pimples; burning; when touched
Out-breaks on skin; pus-filled pimples; malignant
Out-breaks on skin; rash (see granular)
Out-breaks on skin; rash (see granular); scabies
Out-breaks on skin; rash (see granular); scaly
Out-breaks on skin; rash (see granular); scaly; bran-like
Out-breaks on skin; small, purple spot
Out-breaks on skin; small-pox
Out-breaks on skin; smarting
Out-breaks on skin; stinging
Out-breaks on skin; tense
Out-breaks on skin; tubercles (nodules, knob-like lumps); itching
Out-breaks on skin; with swelling
Out-breaks on skin; with tearing pain

Pain; burning
Pain; burning; after scratching
Pain; burning; on touch
Pain; burning; spots
Pain; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed)
Pain; gnawing, biting
Pain; gnawing, biting; after scratching
Pain; gnawing, biting; eating at skin
Pain; gnawing, biting; eating at skin; after scratching
Pain; stinging
Pain; ulcerative pain
Pain; ulcerative pain; when touched


Sticking; after scratching

Swelling; after scratching
Swelling; fluid in tissues
Swelling; inflamed
Swelling; of parts affected with symptoms
Swelling; stinging

Swollen sensation



Tendency to gangrene
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.