Top ways to treat dermatitis with home remedies
Dermatitis often creates a vicious cycle wherein due to eczema there is itchiness in your skin, leading to scratches, that swells up by becoming red and then you get bumps all over with crust that eventually peels off. I would know, I have it!
When the itching is unbearable, the rash gets irritated too perhaps with an added infection. It is important to know the reason behind the scratch, whether it is an allergy to any vegetable that you are peeling, or some chemical that you are coming in contact with at work. Irrespective of the different kinds of dermatitis that you are suffering from, you need immediate relief from them, and few general rules applies across categories.
The top ways to treat them with a little help from the kitchen:
- Coconut oil contains moisturizing and anti-microbial properties that helps to lessen the redness, dryness and scaling in a few days. You need to apply some warm coconut oil on the infected areas to keep the skin soft.
- Mix one cup of oatmeal with your lukewarm bath water and after soaking for 15-20 minutes take a bath. It reduces the itching, the rashes and the skin irritation and also keeps your skin well-moisturized.
- Mix apple cider vinegar and water equally and with the help of a cotton ball apply on the infected skin, let it rest for some time and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Repetition is required daily and for a few successive days to notice any positive difference. Oral consumption of this vinegar also helps.
- Aloe Vera helps to retain the pH balance of your skin by relieving the itchiness and the skin irritation, containing anti-microbial and moisturizing properties. Therefore it’s widely used for treating dermatitis. Drinking aloe Vera juice keeps your skin healthy and glowing.
- Vitamin E oil or lotions and creams containing the same provide relief from inflammation and controls itching. Consumption of sunflower seeds, wheat germ oil, corn and peanut butter also prevents eczema.
- Honey has got antibacterial and antiseptic properties to prevent and control the inflammatory condition.
Outside the kitchen:
- There are certain non-prescription allergy drugs (Antihistamines) like Cetirizine or Fexofenadine and Benadryl too which helps during severe itching, but since they contain sedatives, it is better to take it in bed time.
- Soak in a bathtub neck down, filled with warm water mixed with household bleach in the proportion 151 l to 118 ml. But don’t overdo it, may be twice or thrice a week. The bleach bath reduces the bacteria related infections.
- Again a non prescription cream which is normally hydrocortisone can cause some relief to the itch temporarily. Before moisturizing apply the cream to the infected area. If the reaction shows improvement, then you can use this cream more often to keep the flare under control.
- Use a moisturizer for your full body immediately after bath especially to areas like the back and sides and the arms and the legs. Usage of lubricating creams if dryness persists is also helpful.
- If you cannot avoid from scratching the wound, better cover the itchy area with a bandage and keep your nails trimmed. Wear gloves and sleep if need be.
- If you put cool and wet compresses on your wounds, it is a soothing feeling and the redness and itchiness subsides too. After the wet compresses you can cover the wound with a bandage for prevention.
- Always use soaps which are mild, non perfumated, without dyes, preferably medicated ones when taking a bath. Make sure that you rinse the soap off completely before patting dry.
- If possible use a portable humidifier or attach it to the furnace to moisten the air inside the house. This is because the indoor air tends to get hot and dry and parches the skin especially the sensitive ones and hasten flaking and itching. But you need to keep the humidifier clean to prevent bacteria and fungi from growing and adding to the worry.
- Irritation can be further reduced by avoiding tight, rough, scratchy and woollen clothing. To control excessive sweating wear appropriate clothes during summer or when exercising.
- When you are stressed out and are completely under an emotional baggage, you will find that there is a rise in atopic dermatitis. You need to acknowledge them, understand that it is bad for you and thereby make an effort to work at them.
- Intake of shark cartilage and zinc orally reduces inflammation. Another lotion can be made with the help of blueberry leaves and applied to the infected area. It’s a wonderful inflammation reliever.