Managing Dermatitis



Managing DermatitisDermatitis is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home. Forced-air heat is more drying than other types of heat. Since dry air tends to aggravate the itching of eczema or dermatitis, keeping indoor air moist should be a primary concern of sufferers and their families.

If you can counter dry air with a good humidifier, then forced-air heat is not as much of a problem. Humidifiers are like air conditioners – you really need a big unit to do anything. If you sleep next to it, however, that’s okay. Put it next to your bed.

This is even more so with steroid drugs (cortisone and related compounds). Never use cortisone, prednisone, or other steroid drugs to treat skin reactions unless they are very severe or life-threatening. If you must take these powerful hormones, limit your use of them to two weeks. Steroids perpetuate dermatitis through their suppressive action. They also lower immunity.

Air-conditioning your house is probably the single most important thing you can do to alleviate pollen problems, and it can help with two other chief inhalants – molds and dust mites.

Vit C has antihistamine activity. Vitamin C supplementation has been reported to help people with hay fever in preliminary research. Consider 3,000 – 6,000 mg of Vitamin C in divided doses, per day.

Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, might act synergistically with Vitamin C as both have antihistaminic activity. Although some doctors of natural medicine advise people with hay fever to take 400 mg of Quercetin two to three times per day, only limited preliminary clinical research has yet suggested that Quercetin benefits people with this condition.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine often views eczema and skin disorders as related to Wind, noting that symptoms come and go rapidly, cause congestion, and make the person want to avoid windy situations. This Wind often coexists with a deficiency of the Protective or Wei Qi, deficiencies of the Spleen and Stomach systems and components of dampness and heat in the body. Also blood deficiencies, blood heat and toxins are also cited for causes leading to this disorder.

The acupuncturist also looks for constitutional or more deeply-rooted signs in each person who presents with allergy symptoms. The principle here is treating the whole person. Often people with chronic allergies also have eczema and show signs of Spleen or Kidney Deficiency as well as Lung signs according to TCM.

Xiao Yan Qin Shi Gao is based on an ancient herbal formula that is made into a soothing, skin calming lotion that is applied morning and night. This is one of the best non-steroidal lotions to treat a wide variety of dermatitis conditions.

Visit Your TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Originally posted 2008-11-12 16:41:27.


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