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Herbal Treatment for Dermatitis

Dermatitis on a finger

Dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin. There are many types, including atopic, contact and seborrheic, just to name a few. Atopic, sometimes known as eczema, may run in families that have a history of asthma, sensitive skin or hay fever. It is often seen in infants, although it can strike at any age. Contact is an inflammation that results from exposure or contact with an irritant or allergen. Poison ivy rash is an example of contact. Seborrheic is a chronic form that affects areas with a heavy concentration of sebaceous glands like the scalp, the nose, the eye area, the ears and the chest. In infancy, a common form is cradle cap.

Symptoms

Symptoms of dermatitis may include itching, redness of the skin, stinging, burning, pain, swelling and blistering. If it becomes chronic, the skin may become thickened and dry or scaly. The site is usually very sensitive.

Causes

While the causes of some forms of dermatitis are unknown, the contact variety can usually be traced back to its source. Some causes of contact dermatitis include poison ivy, harsh chemicals, and allergies.

Cautions

If your skin problems are persistent, cover a large area of your body or if your skin is crusty, oozing or has an odor that may indicate infection, see your doctor.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

External Applications

Aromatherapy

Essential oils that may provide relief to the symptoms of dermatitis include chamomile, geranium, juniper, lavender and tea tree. Dilute 5 - 8 drops of individual or blend of oils in 10 ml of carrier oil and use in massage or bath.

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