Dermatitis can be unbelievably painful. It often flares up without warning leaving the owner scratching like a dog with flees!
I started writing this blog explaining the different types of dermatitis, but then it dawned on me, if you are reading this, you most probably have read multiple other blogs on dermatitis and are over being told what is wrong with you, all you want to know is – how do I get rid of this itch!!
But because I cannot help myself, I just want to run through a few points and then I promise to ease your pain (or you can just ignore the next few paragraphs and go straight through to a natural treatment solution!!
Irritant contact dermatitis.
This is the most common type of dermatitis people suffer from. The cause of this, is the skin’s protective layer, which is like the skin’s ozone layer, has been damaged letting in bacteria, and irritants. The main offending irritants are often also the cause of the loss of the skin’s protective layer. They are harsh soaps, chemical solvents, latex gloves and cosmetics or skin products, including deodorants. The symptoms are red, dry, itchy patches, often on your hands, fingers or face.
The severity of irritant contact dermatitis usually depends on how long and or how often you’re exposed and the strength of the irritating substance. Some strong irritants, such as bleach or certain acids, can cause a reaction after a single exposure.
Allergic contact dermatitis
This type of dermatitis occurs when a substance to which you’re sensitive (allergen) triggers an immune reaction in your skin. Allergic contact dermatitis produces a red rash, bumps and sometimes blisters when severe. Common allergens include natural rubber, metals such as nickel, costume jewelry, perfume, cosmetics, hair dyes and plants, including poison ivy.
Some allergens are so strong that you may become sensitized after being exposed to the substance once. Some other weaker allergens may take years to trigger a reaction. The bad news is, that once you develop a allergic reaction to a certain substance, you become allergic for life, and the smallest amount will cause a allergic reaction.
Photoallergic contact dermatitis.
Common offenders include certain ingredients in sunscreens and some ointments containing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
In my household at the present moment, we have a dog with red underarms caused due to an allergic reaction to my new laundry detergent. How does a dog get a reaction to laundry detergent? She wears jumpers in winter! I have a itchy rash due to same detergent down both arms and across my shoulders where a slightly too tight top rubbed (tells me I really have to loose weight!!) And a partner who has itchy hands due to latex gloves which he uses at work. Great!! – so we are now using my cure!
Step one; Coconut oil, lots and lots of it. Massage this lovely oil into the irritated area as often as possible. It soothes and heals the reaction quickly and painlessly. If really desperate, you can even take a teaspoon in warm water twice daily to speed up the results. Another soothing solution, it does not work as quickly, is Wheatgrass Cream, but it is less “oily” and I therefore use it on the dog as she will not lick it off. Wheatgrass cream is free of chemicals and full of natural vitamins and minerals.
Remove all chemicals from your life – as much as you can, that is. I know if you are a hairdresser, doctor, nurse, vet, beauty therapist, mechanic, or do one of the multiple jobs that do not allow you to work with natural products, try to wear protective gloves as much as you can. I mean wear cotton gloves under your latex gloves to protect your hands, avoid latex or rubber gloves directly against your skin.
Use a natural or fragrance free laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and use natural shower gels, shampoo, moisturiser and deodorant as much as possible. The problem is, as I said before, once you become sensitised, the more likely you will have a reaction.
To support the skin and immune system, take 6 capsules of Flaxseed oil daily, as the Omega’s in the oil will help repair the skin. (Read more about this amazing oil in my blog post about Flaxseed oil, also read my blog post about Eczema for more ways to treat your dermatitis internally). Keep up the water to flush the body. Remember to drink only purified water, no tap water as the chlorine in the water kills the bacteria in the gut causing more problems. A good probiotic is also a good thing when you suffer from Dermatitis as it increases the flora in the intestinal tract and supports the immune system (again, read my article on eczema for more).
Wrap inflamed area at night after applying the coconut oil to help infuse it and speed up the healing, easy for the hands as you can just put on a pair of cotton gloves. If it is on your body only wear cotton, no man made clothing as this stops your skin from breathing.
Just remember – use natural, use natural, use natural!