I am suspicious that my son may have PFAPA. The doctors keep calling it a various but I am convinced it is PFAPA. I am currently seeing a homeopath but she is not aware of PFAPA. What remedies would you recommend in the treatment of this disorder. Doctors are recommending a tonsellictomy but I would like to explore the homeopathic route first. Your advice would be very much appreciated.
I am not a homeopathic expert, but I asked my wife (Amy Lansky, author of Impossible Cure — www.impossiblecure.com — to see what she thinks). Here is what she says:
Looking up PFAPA, I see that it is described as follows:
PFAPA (periodic fevers with aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and adenitis) syndrome is a periodic fever syndrome that typically manifests between ages 2 and 5 yr; it is characterized by febrile episodes lasting 3 to 6 days, pharyngitis, aphthous ulcers, and adenopathy. Etiology and pathophysiology are undefined.
This is a perfect situation in which to give homeopathy a try before invasive treatment is used. This is a generalized problem with no obvious reason or cause. The symptoms of PFAPA above are actually indicative of many possible remedies, so the best approach is to find a classical homeopathic practitioner in your area who will find the right remedy that matches exactly what your son is experiencing. A homeopath will treat based on your son’s various symptoms (both physical and emotional), not just a “disease” description. (To understand more about homeopathy, I do recommend reading the material on wwwi.impossiblecure.com and reading Amy’s book.)
A good place to start looking for a homeopath is the referral information at the bottom of this page: http://www.impossiblecure.com/autism.html (these referrals are not just for autism, but homeopaths in general). Alternately, you can send a message to Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will try to give you more specific referrals in your area.