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Are there alternative treatments for dermatitis?

There are many home remedies and alternative treatments for dermatitis. Make sure you do not scratch the rash. You can use anti-itch cream or antihistamines to alleviate the itch. Covering the rash may stop you from scratching it, and a cool bath with baking soda may feel good on the skin.

Additionally, several natural treatments exist that have not been approved by doctors. Evening primrose oil can be bought as a supplement for treating dermatitis. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation and help heal dermatitis rashes. Chamomile and calendula creams may relieve the skin and protect against dermatitis. Do not use calendula if your skin is cracked or broken because it may cause an allergic reaction.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Talk with your doctor about alternative treatments for dermatitis. Some types of dermatitis can be soothed by applying pieces of gauze that have been dipped in cool water or aluminum acetate. Short, cool baths with or without colloidal oatmeal also provide relief. In other cases, phototherapy -- exposure to ultraviolet light -- may be an option for adults.

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