Dermatitis, also called eczema, is an
inflammation of the skin. It can have many causes
and occur in many forms. Generally, dermatitis
describes swollen, reddened and itchy skin.
Preventing contact dermatitis means avoiding coming into contact with
those substances, such as poison ivy or harsh soaps, that may cause it.
Avoiding dry skin may be one factor in helping you prevent future bouts
of dermatitis. These tips can help you minimize the drying effects of
bathing on your skin:
Two or three times a week is often enough for most people. Limit
yourself to 15 minutes, and use warm, rather than hot, water.
certain soaps or synthetic detergents.
Choose mild soaps such as Dove or Basis that clean without
excessively removing natural oils. Soap substitutes (synthetic
detergents) in bar, gel and liquid forms are less drying than
deodorant and antibacterial soaps. Use soap only on your face,
underarms, genital areas, hands and feet. Use clear water elsewhere.
Brush your skin rapidly with the palms of your hands, or gently pat
your skin dry with a towel after bathing.
Seal in moisture, while your skin is still damp, with an oil or
cream. Pay special attention to your legs, arms, back and the sides
of your body. If your skin is already dry, consider using a
lubricating cream made for dry skin, such as Eucerin. Its also
recommend to use before shower daily a ayurvedic oil, regarding your
constitution, and after 30 min. take shower.
These steps can help you manage dermatitis:
scratching whenever possible.
Cover the itchy area with a dressing, if you can't keep from
scratching it. Trim nails and wear gloves at night.
Doing so may help you avoid excessive sweating.
smooth-textured cotton clothing.
This will help you avoid irritation.
These include wool carpeting, bedding and clothes, and harsh soaps