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Top 7 Home Remedies to Treat Atopic Dermatitis

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 28 Mar 2016 - 10:30


Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a type of long-lasting chronic eczematous skin disease that is common in all parts of the world, which is characterized by inflammation, extremely dry, itchy and scaly patches. AD is often referred as the “itch that rashes” and that’s because the itching leads to the skin rash. The term atopic means “strange” and the term dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. While AD can occur in any age group, most frequently it develops in infants and small children. When it occurs in infants it is known as infantile eczema. Rarely, it can be seen in adults.

Even though atopic dermatitis is linked with allergic disorders, including asthma, food allergies and hay fever, it is not by itself an allergic reaction to a specific substance, unlike allergic contact dermatitis. Instead, AD is a chronic and intensely itchy inflammation of the outer layer of skin. People living in climates with low humidity and urban areas are at a higher risk for evolving AD. Although the exact cause of atopic dermatitis is unclear, experts believe that hypertension activity in the skin may be one of the reasons that cause AD.

Top 7 home remedies to treat atopic dermatitis:

  • Virgin Coconut oil:  Virgin coconut oil contains powerful moisturizing and antimicrobial effects that treat dermatitis problems. This oil considerably reduces scaling, redness and dryness in a short span. A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, has affirmed the healing properties of virgin coconut oil in curing atopic dermatitis. Another study involving about 117 patients who used coconut oil, showed that atopic dermatitis symptoms reduced from about 68% in the virgin coconut oil group by 38% in the mineral oil group. Virgin coconut oil group showed awesome results than mineral oil group. Application of warm coconut oil on the affected part helps to soften the skin.
  • Turmeric:  Turmeric is another effective ingredient that is not only used in Indian cuisine but is also used in the treatment of dermatitis due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects. 
    Quick Tip: One-half teaspoon of turmeric in a quart of water can be boiled and allowed to cool, before drinking it. Alternatively, this solution can be used to wash the affected part of the skin. Repeat this everyday for a couple of months.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This is another effective remedy that can be used in dealing with atopic dermatitis. It helps soothe AD symptoms like itchiness and inflammation.
    Quick Tip: Equal parts of ACV mixed with water can be used to apply with a cotton ball on the affected part of the skin.  After  ½ hour it can be cleaned with a  damp cotton cloth. On repeatedly doing this regularly for couple of weeks can help. Alternatively 2 teaspoons of ACV mixed in a glass of water can be had 2-3 times each day.
  • Honey: Topical application of honey is found to be very effective in treating inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis due to its antibacterial and antiseptic effects. A 2003 study published in the “Complementary Therapies in Medicine” showed that a honey ointment prepared from a mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil can soothe the symptoms of AD like itchy skin. The study showed that 80% of patients who used honey ointment observed considerable improvement in treating symptoms of eczema, also known by the medical name atopic dermatitis.
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has antimicrobial and moisturizing properties that helps restore the pH balance of the skin, and soothe the irritation and itching sensation. Aloe vera gel is widely used in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis. Applying aloe vera gel few times a day for couple of months helps cure dermatitis.  Consuming a few ounces of aloe vera juice nourishes the skin and keeps it healthy and glowing.
  • Vitamin E: One of the best home remedies for dermatitis is vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that heals and offers relief from inflammation and itching. Also creams and lotions that contain vitamin E helps cure the inflamed skin. Sunflower seeds, peanut butter, wheat germ oil and corn are all rich sources of vitamin E that can treat AD. A Japanese study published in the Journal “Pediatric Allergy and Immunology”, found that school children with highest levels of vitamin E-related compounds experienced 67% less risk of eczema as compared to children with the lowest levels.
  • Anti-itch cream or calamine lotion: Topical therapy is first line of treatment for mild to moderate AD, which is the most common form of the disease in India. A nonprescription hydrocortisone cream that contains at least 1% hydrocortisone can relieve the itchy skin temporarily. Apply it to the affected part before you moisturize.

Risk Factors: Below mentioned are the risk factors that aggravate the symptoms of AD:-

  • Emotional stress
  • Exposure to water
  • Dry skin
  • Sudden temperature changes
  • Exposure to environmental irritants like dust mites, pollen or mold
  • Colds or flu
  • Certain fragrances included in soaps or skin lotions
  • Exposure to detergents
  • Certain foods like fish, eggs, shell-fish, milk, wheat or soy
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Low humidity
  • Long showers or hot baths
  • Excessive sweating
  • Hypersensitivity reaction in the skin
  • Smoking

Symptoms of AD:

  • Skin redness
  • Inflammation around the blisters
  • Intense itching
  • Dry skin
  • Rash
  • Ear bleeding

Eating healthy food, and following certain precautions from risk factors helps keep your skin healthy and glowing.




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