Home Remedies for Dermatitis

Home remedies for dermatitis are many. Home remedies cannot cure the condition, but can be of great help in making life comfortable and have a soothing effect. Among number of home remedies for dermatitis, here are some:

  • You can try using over-the-counter non-prescription medications such as hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion etc. which can provide temporarily relief from inflammation and itching. Oral antihistamines, (e.g. diphenhydramine) may also be helpful if itching is severe. However they may cause drowsiness and one should be aware of this common side effect of antihistamines.
  • Use cotton clothing for comfort and avoid synthetic cloths. Cotton cloths can prevent irritation to the affected area.
  • Use moisturizer regularly, especially if you suffer from atopic dermatitis. In fact milder form of atopic dermatitis may need only moisturizer.
  • You may try a bleach bath, which can help in reducing bacteria in the skin. Use half cup (approximately 100 ml) of bleach for average size bathtub and take bath in it.
  • Apply cool compression to affected area or try warm bath for symptomatic relief from dermatitis.
  • Avoid irritants, especially if you have contact dermatitis.
  • Avoid stress. If required, take professional help for stress management.

Other modalities for dermatitis management:

  • Many people with dermatitis report of good result with dietary supplements such as vitamin D, and probiotics, especially for atopic dermatitis.
  • Aloe vera, tea tree oil and even fish oil for dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis can be of great help.
  • Rice bran broth for atopic dermatitis can be of good help.

However, the effectiveness of these above mentioned home remedies and other modalities for management of dermatitis are not conclusive and may not be of any help for some individuals.

Prevention of dermatitis:

It is not possible to prevent dermatitis all together. However, certain steps can prevent future bouts of dermatitis symptoms.

  • Take bath not more than 10 to 15 minutes. Avoid using hot water, use lukewarm water for bath. Bath oil may be of help. After bathing, dry yourself carefully.
  • One of the cause of dermatitis is dry skin. Use moisturizer regularly to prevent dry skin. You can try various moisturizer products to find what suits you best.
  • Use mild soap or non-soap cleanser. Because some soaps can make your skin dry, which may worsen dermatitis.

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