Dermatitis is a medical blanket term that refers to conditions that affect the skin; if you have dermatitis, then there is usually either an external or internal factor causing irritation for your skin – and it’s likely to cause symptoms that might include a rash, itchiness, redness and sometimes flaking or peeling of the skin around the area.
Most forms of dermatitis aren’t contagious and instead rely on these internal or external factors (which might be diet, an infection elsewhere in the body or a medication side-effect) as a potential cause – and the first thing you should know if you have recently received a diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis or similar types from your doctor is that relief from the symptoms can easily be found at home.
Combinations of these home methods can often work better than pharmaceutical methods that would have done the same thing.
Here are 14 home remedies for dermatitis that can relieve the itching, discomfort, and pain associated with the cause.
1. Keep Skin Dry
One of the first and most important therapeutic recommendations for dermatitis is keeping the skin as dry as possible: Where already irritated skin becomes wet or stays moist, it can cause to irritate the skin even further – and this can become a cycle of potential infection where you are more prone to develop problems you didn’t have at the beginnings of just having dermatitis.
Always keep the skin dry where and when you’ve noticed the starting appearance of a rash, whether or not it’s the kind of rash that causes itching and irritation. Sometimes a change of the type of underwear might help this problem for many people – other times, you might have to ensure that you use a clean, dry towel every time you get in and out of a shower or bath to make sure skin remains dry and doesn’t become re-infected with the same problem.