A Frightening Case of PRP: How One Child Left Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris Behind
"Have you ever heard of PRP? Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris?" the woman asked on the phone. "It's a rare skin condition. My daughter is covered with it-from head-to-toe."
Nine-year-old Ally was generally healthy until a couple of days after an audition for modeling, which had occurred a few days after her birthday. According to her mother, Ally's symptoms started with a reddened face that appeared dry; she also appeared to be dehydrated. Mother had applied baby oil at the time which did not help. Within a couple of days the rash began to turn white with flaking; it also moved into her scalp. She was taken to see the pediatrician who diagnosed her with eczema and gave her a topical steroid cream (Fluocinolone acetonide 0.01%) and a medicated shampoo (Capex).
When the cream was applied, an intensely burning pain developed on the area of application. Ally was taken to the Emergency Room for treatment and evaluation; the cream was discontinued; no other treatment was given.
The medicated shampoo yielded only a brief reprieve from the scalp itching and flaking.
Within 2 weeks, the white, flaking rash spread to the rest of her body. Some areas had red, raised patches, but not all areas. The itch continued to be intense and the flaking was extreme as well.
Ally was then taken to see a Dermatologist. After a biopsy, she was diagnosed with Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris (PRP). The treatments the Dermatologist advised were researched by the mother. As she didn't like the side effects and lack of effectiveness of the drugs; the mother made an appointment for me to work with Ally.
Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris.
Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris, also called PRP, is a group of skin complaints characterized by severe scaling patches of skin and may include orange or red patches and keratotic follicular papules as well as thickening of the skin on the hands and feet.
PRP typically first occurs in childhood; the cause is unknown. The common beliefs are that a Streptococcal bacteria infection can trigger an auto-immune response while other experts believe the cause is more of a genetic origin. Recently, and HIV-associated type has been added to the list of possible causes.
As there is no medical cure for this condition, symptoms are managed with medication; the goals are to keep the flare-ups to a minimum and to keep the person in remission for as long as possible. The common drugs used are Accutane (isotretinoin) or Trexall (methotrexate). Due to the severe side effects of methotrexate, this drug is usually reserved for those who do not respond to Accutane, however neither drug is recommended for children as young as Ally.
Homeopathy Lends a Hand.
I had researched the medical diagnosis prior to the appointment as it was unknown to me. When selecting a Homeopathic Medicine for a person, the symptoms that are common for the disease are less important than those uncommon. Therefore, I needed to know what usually occurs with those having the diagnosis of PRP.
Even though I had seen many photos of the condition, I was surprised when I saw the child for the first time. She was, literally, covered with white flakes. Any activity caused flakes to drop-on the floor, on the chair, everywhere.
Symptoms (those underlined are unique for Ally, not to the disease):
Generals (all unique to Ally):
Other Important Details:
Reasoning & Rationale:
"….I have been meaning to get in touch with you because she is doing so much better! I'm not sure if it was the remedy that you suggested, the love of the brown stuffed bear (Brownie) that you gave her, or what that cured her… Thank you for your help in having her disease go into remission…."
It has now been over 2 years since the first day I saw Ally. Her rash has not returned after that one dose of Aconite. With Classical Homeopathy, the person is the focus, not the disease. Had I only looked at her physical symptoms, even those that occur with most people who are diagnosed with PRP, Aconite would not have been the recommended remedy. I know that Aconite worked – I do not believe another remedy, even one that addressed all of the physical symptoms, would've caused the same result.
When it's time to heal, call a Classical Homeopath.
Disclaimer: The information provided by Dr. Ronda is for educational purposes only. It is important that you not make health decisions or stop any medication without first consulting your personal physician or health care provider.
Dr. Ronda Behnke is a distinguished practitioner of Classical Homeopathy and other Natural Healing methods. As co-founder of The Homeopathic Centers of America, Dr. Ronda passes on what she has learned through her seminars, articles, books and when working with individuals. Amongst her clients, she is known for her exceptional insight and non-judgmental presence. You can contact Dr. Ronda via the website Http://www.MyHCA.org or by calling 920-558-9806. "When it's time to heal, call me…I will listen to you." For a FREE guide to help you along your healing path, visit the HCA website as noted above.
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