An inflammation of the skin is used to describe many different types of rashes The skin may itch, flake, scale, thicken, ooze, crust, and Redden
depending on the type of dermatitis Rashes can develop anywhere on the body Certain locations are typical for different forms of rashes
Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, the “itch that rashes” is a chronic, common problem that affects many people and of which there are many possible therapies. It is discussed in its own section (see Eczema). Contact dermatitis is probably the most common type of dermatitis.
It is caused by irritation or allergy to something the skin comes in contact with. Types of rashes include irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, and photoallergic contact dermatitis. A common type of allergic contact dermatitis is the rash of poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
These also are described in their own section (see Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac). Seborrhea (seborrheic dermatitis) is another distinct type of rash and is discussed in its own section as well
Home Remedies for rash
- Naturopaths believe that when waste products build up and exceed the capacity of the liver and kidneys to get rid of them, the skin has to eliminate the wastes. This can result in dermatitis. The following herbs cause sweating, which naturopaths feel is a good way to excrete the toxins that are trying to get out of your body:
- Burdock root. Take 500 milligrams three times a day, with meals.
- Sarsaparilla root. Take it as directed by the manufacturer.
- Naturopaths recommend one or more of the following blood cleansers for the rash:
- Chaparral root. Take it as directed by the manufacturer.
- Dandelion root. Take it as directed by the manufacturer.
- Pau d’arco. Take 500 milligrams three times a day, with meals.
- Poke root. Make a tea by steeping one tablespoon of the herb in a cup of water. Drink this twice a day.
- Red clover. Take 500 milligrams three times a day.
- Yellow dock root. Take it as directed by the manufacturer.
- The appropriate specific herbal therapy depends on the cause, location, and type of rash. However, the following therapies will all help relieve itching, no matter what sort of dermatitis you have:
- Aloe vera gel and green clay soothe the skin.
- Chamomile cream, calendula lotion, or comfrey ointment should be applied directly to the itchy areas as often as needed, as their anti- inflammatory properties will help relieve your discomfort.
- Chickweed infusion can be used to bathe the area to stop itching.
- Cucumber puree, made from peeled, blended fresh cucumbers, can be applied directly to the affected area for three minutes to relieve your itching and pain.
- Jewelweed, also known as impatiens, can be boiled in a gallon of water, strained, and cooled. The liquid stops itching extremely well. In fact, in clinical trials, it has worked
just as well as prescription cortisone creams. Note that while it is sometimes called impatiens, jewelweed is not the same plant that is sold as a flowering annual in home and garden centers.
- An herbal tea made from two parts each of agrimony and chamomile and one part each of stinging nettle and heartsease can be taken three times a day as an aid to soothing the itching. In addition to drinking the tea, dip a clean cloth into it and apply it as a compress to the affected areas for five minutes every half hour, as needed.
Other plants containing natural antihistaminic compounds from which you can make a combination tea include basil, fennel, ginkgo, oregano, tarragon, tea, thyme, and yarrow. These teas should be used in compresses applied to the itchy areas, as well as drunk three times a day.
Author: Dr. Izharul Hasan