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Schwabe News Volume 2 | Issue 3 | June 2011

Topi Graphites Cream

Introduction

The word eczema or dermatitis refers to distinctive skin patterns, cracked, bleeding, dry itching patches with hard leathery skin, generally dry eczema. People with eczema often have a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma or hay fever. Factors like allergies to pollen, exposure to environmental irritants, fragrances or dyes added to skin lotions or soaps and stress can aggravate eczema. In acute stage, symptoms of eczema may include redness, swelling, papules, vesicles, large blisters, exudation and scaling. Over a period it may end up with dry leathery thickening with increased skin marking which may be secondary to rubbing and scratching. There may be fissures and scratch marks with pigmentation.1,2,3

Graphites is odourless, blackish grey, soft mass. It has been used in medicine since centuries. It is reputed for dry eczema and different forms of dermatitis. It is useful for sore, bleeding, cracked nipples, rawness in bends of limbs, groins, neck and behind ears. It also covers cracks in nipple, mouth, between toes and anus. Topi® Graphites contains 1% of Graphites 1x.4,5,6,7,8

Indication: Dry eczema, rawness in bends of limbs, groins, neck and behind ears, bleeding, cracked, painful nipples, and early stages of keloid and fibromas.

EXTERNAL MANIFESTATIONS AND COVERAGE:

Topi® Graphites is indicated for the external treatment of dry eczema and rawness in bends of limbs, groins, neck and behind ears.5 As per reports it is used with good results in cases of disease of nails (fungal infections of nails).9 It is considered as an invaluable remedy for bleeding, cracked and painful nipples. It is also used in early stages of keloid and fibroma.7

Directions for use

Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Topi® Graphites should be applied as follows:

The cream should be used 2 – 3 times daily by applying a thin layer on the affected skin areas. Not to be applied in case of oozing eczema.

Side effects: No known side effects.

Contra-indications: The cream should not be used for patients with known hypersensitivity to Graphites.

Interactions: No interactions between Topi® Graphites and other products are known.

Presentation: 25 g in tubes.

 

Reference:
  1. Stephen J. McPhee et.al., Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, Mc Graw Hill, 49th Edition, 2010.
  2. Eczema, Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/eczema.html. Accessed on 7th December 2010.
  3. Christopher Haslett, Edwin R. Chilvers, John A.A. Hunter, Nicholas A. Boon, Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, Eighteenth Edition, Harcourt Publishers Limited, Robert Stevenson House, 1-3 Baxter’s Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH1 3AF, UK.
  4. P. N. Varma, Indu Vaid, Encyclopaedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, Volume II, Updated edition 2007, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi.
  5. W. Boericke, New Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory [with Relationship of Remedies], Second Re-Augmented & Revised Edition Based on Ninth Edition, Reprint Edition 2002, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi.
  6. R. Murphy, Homeopathic Remedy Guide, Encyclopedia Homeopathica 2.5.
  7. A. C. Cowperthwaite, Text book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, Encyclopedia Homeopathica 2.5.
  8. K. N. Mathur, Systematic Materia Medica of Homoeopathic Remedies, Encyclopedia Homeopathica 2.5.
  9. J. H. Clarke, Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi.