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Remedies For Dermatitis

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by irritation and inflammation, redness, itching, blistering, and scaling.

1. Taking antioxidants can help repair damage to the skin by disarming free radicals, the unstable molecules that oxidize or destroy healthy cells. These unstable molecules can be produced as the by-products of the body’s never-ending fight against the inflammation of dermatitis as well as exposure to sunlight, smoking, eating foods that are high in fat, and a plethora of lifestyle factors. By keeping free radicals under control, you can help the dermatitis heal, and prevent future occurrences.

2. Here are some of the most important antioxidants for the health of your skin. However, if the problem does not get better after six weeks, consult a dermatologist.

a) Beta-carotene

b) Vitamin C

c) Vitamin E

d) Zinc

3. Make sure you are getting enough fatty acids, which could help reduce inflammation and control dermatitis. For the best combination of fatty acids, look for a supplement that contains oils from flaxseed and borage seed and omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fish oils.

4. Avoid the foods that cause dermatitis. Certain sensitivities to foods in your daily diet can cause dermatitis. One of the most common triggers is dairy products. Cut dairy products out of your diet for thirty days. If your situation improves, then you know that dairy was the culprit. If you need even more proof, because you love dairy so much, then incorporate it back into your diet for one week. If your dermatitis comes back, then you know you have to avoid dairy for as long as you want to stay flare-up free.

5. If dairy turns out to be the culprit, then it becomes important for you to replace the calcium in your diet. You can accomplish this by taking a calcium supplement, or eating calcium rich foods such as nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.

However, if eliminating diary does not solve the problem you can test other problematic foods such as chocolate, sugar, citrus fruits, coffee, soy, peanut butter, wheat, corn, and alcohol.

6. An ancient emollient herb called horsetail is very helpful in soothing the discomfort of eczema.

7. Oats, which is a popular breakfast grain, soothes and moistens the skin. You could purchase a colloidal oatmeal mix such as Aveeno.

Treatment Options of Dermatitis

Friday, January 25th, 2008

The treatment for the disease can be summed up under following categories:-
 
Home treatment
 
Emollients like aqueous cream and E45 cream acts as moisturisers which soothe, smooth and add water to (hydrate) the skin. They are the most common treatment and should be used regularly.Application after bath is considered the most suitable time as it retains the moistness. 

Mild steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone (eg Dermacort or Lanacort) can reduce flare-ups of eczema by suppressing body’s inflammatory response.The cream should be used after consultation with doctors regarding GP.
 
Drug treatments
 
Stronger steroid creams, such as betamethasone (eg Betnovate) are available on prescription. The cream may have side effects so it is advised to use the mildest cream available.Excessive use of cream may lead to fragileness, blemishes, wrinkles or visible small blood vessels.

Oral steroids, such as prednisolone, are available as tablets to treat severe eczema.They are prescribed for a short period not exceeding a week.

Immunosuppressant tablets, such as azathioprine or ciclosporin, are prescribed for severe eczema. They can have severe side-effects.So consultaion with doctor is recommended.
Topical immunosuppressants like tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) are creams or lotions to reduce inflammation. They may be prescribed to you if other treatments have not effective.

Antibiotics such as flucloxacillin or erythromycin, will be prescribed if child skin is infected.

Antihistamine tablets can help people with eczema to sleep, but they are unlikely to ease itching.

Types and Symptoms of Dermatitis

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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The common symptoms of the disease are redness,swelling,itching,skin lesions.However,the specific symptoms for the disease depend upon the cause and the type of dermatitis.
 
Contact dermatitis : It appears as rash that occurs from either repeated contact with irritants or contact with allergens.
 
Neurodermatitis : It results in chronic itchy skin condition in certain areas of the body
 
Seborrheic dermatitis : It is observed as a common scalp condition that often results in dandruff problem.
 
Stasis dermatitis : It is seen as a skin condition that is caused due to accumulation of fluid under the skin of the legs.
 
Atopic dermatitis : It is commonly referred as eczema or atopic eczema.It results in chronic itchy rash that tends to subside time to time.
 
Perioral dermatitis : The symptoms are bumpy rash around the mouth. 

Causes of Dermatitis

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The real cause of atopic eczema is unknown at present. Generally the causes for occurence of the disease is genetic, or inherited tendency of body to develop the condition. Sometimes, the symptoms are seen without any specific reason for its occurence. But there are cerain condition which lead to development of eczema. They include inhaled irritants such as chemicals, detergents, soap or shampoo, pollen or house dust mites. The disease may cause due to infections with bacteria or viruses. In cases where women are affected during monthly period stress the suffers the most.

What is Dermatitis ?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Dermatitis is a term literally meaning “inflammation of the skin”. It is a common condition that isn’t life-threatening or contagious. A combination of self-care steps and medications can help in treating dermatitis.It is usually used to refer to eczema, which is also known as Dermatitis eczema.There are different types of dermatitis, including seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Contact dermatitis is a common cause of rashes. It causes redness, itching and burning where you have touched an irritant, such as a chemical, or something with which you are allergic.Though the disorder can have many causes and occur in many forms, it usually involves swollen, reddened and itchy skin. Usually all of them have in common an allergic reaction to specific allergens.