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I have a sore, red breast. No fever. But to avoid mastitis, I am nursing lots on that side, massaging, etc. And the midwife recommended taking phytolacca, a homeopathic remedy.

I am nervous to take it, as there are some (mostly minor) side effects.

Has anyone taken it? Any advice or suggestions?

Thanks in advance!!
 

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Here's a link to a page that lists some side effects, including chest pain and trouble breathing. LINK

I started taking it yesterday afternoon, and have been taking 3 little pills every 3 hours. No decrease in the soreness but no increase either. Still no fever, though my temp is a little higher than normal (it's normally really low).

How long should it take to work?
 

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Originally Posted by maria423
some side effects, including chest pain and trouble breathing.
I looked at the link you gave. Those are side effects of taking the pure root. The homeopathic form should have no side effects.

It should take a day or so. If it's not working then you might want to try a different treatment -- homeopathy usually works very quickly if it's the correct treatment.

Here are some suggestions from kellymom.com:

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Treatments: Homeopathic remedies

Some moms with recurrent plugged ducts or mastitis have also had good luck with the following homeopathic treatment -- 2 doses Hepar Sulphur and 2 doses of Phytolacca (allow pellets to dissolve in mouth). The doses are to be taken as follows:

First, take Hepar Sulphur 30C - 3 pellets;
3 hours later, take Phytolacca 30C - 3 pellets;
3 hours later, take Hepar Sulphur 30C - 3 pellets;
3 hours later, take Phytolacca 30C - 3 pellets.
 

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Thank you for the info! I think I'll call the midwife again, as well as send dh out to Whole Foods to get the Hepar Sulphur (I'm assuming they'll have that too). I SO want to avoid antibiotics, if possible. I'm also trying to rest. DD is at my mom's for the day so I can just relax with the baby today (and that's why I'm sitting at the computer!).

Off to call midwife and then nap.
 

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Wow! I don't want to jinx myself, but I think the soreness and redness is gone! Yesterday, after my second does of the Hepar Sulphur, it got drastically better. So I don't know if it was everything else I was doing of if it was the addition of the Hepar Sulphur, but something worked.
Cool!
 
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