Dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions. It is characterized by inflammation of the skin, causing swelling, redness, itching, dryness, scaling and similar symptoms. Dermatitis is not a dangerous condition but it can be very frustrating, annoying and embarrassing.
Types of dermatitis
There are several types of dermatitis, with different symptoms and often different causes.
Contact dermatitis is caused by irritation from a substance or a chemical, for example poison ivy, poison oak, latex, rubber, detergents and similar.
Neurodermatitis is a type of dermatitis that involves itching in certain areas of the skin. Seborrheic dermatitis involves sebum or oil lubricated from sebaceous glands and it is usually seen on scalp, where it causes flaking and itching. Stasis dermatitis is caused by the accumulation of fluid under the skin of the legs.
Atopic dermatitis, also called atopic eczema or simply eczema is a chronic form of dermatitis, characterized by patches of red, elevated and itchy skin that comes and goes.
PerioralPerioral dermatitis is a bumpy rash that appears around the mouth, sometimes around the nose as well.
The symptoms of dermatitis can vary from type to type but they commonly include patches with redness, itching, swelling, dryness, flaking or scaling.
Natural treatment for dermatitis
Dermatitis is managed depending on the specific type and cause. However, in most cases the treatment will consist of topical corticosteroids. Severe dermatitis can be treated with oral medication as well.
Those who do not want to use medication or who cannot use medication for some reason, as well as those who only have a mild case of dermatitis, can choose from a wide range of natural remedies for this skin condition.
Herbalists, alternative medicine stores, naturopaths and other alternative medicine professionals can be consulted in order to get the right remedy for contact dermatitis. Of course, the remedies must correspond to the specific type and cause of dermatitis.
Some of the efficient natural treatments for dermatitis include vitamin E in form of oil, olive oil, almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe vera in form of gel, juice, cream or lotion, peppermint oil, chamomile, as well as plants and herbs like Bulbinella frutescens, Glycorrhiza glabra and Melia azadirachta.
Before applying the remedies, the skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried. It is best to avoid using harsh soaps and lotions and to use lukewarm water and disposable paper towels. After applying the remedy, the skin can be covered with a clean bandage or a piece of sterile gauze to protect it from infection and irritation.