Dermatitis is the result of contact with chemicals or other irritating materials.  Most cases of contact dermatitis aren’t severe, but they can be rather itchy, red and inflamed.

Topical creams and avoiding the irritants are the main treatments.

The first and best thing that one should follow is – must not rub or scratch the infected area.  Instead give cold compress for temporary instant relief as first-aid.  Then, be prepared to begin with any of the below-mentioned home remedy.



First sign of dermatitis

Skin checks for dermatitis


Rash occurs on areas of the body that have come into contact with substances that either irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction, such as poison ivy, soap and essential oils. The red rash may burn, sting or itch.Blisters may develop.



Different types of dermatitis

 There are several different forms of dermatitis. Each form will slightly vary from the next, but all are caused by various skin reactions to allergens and irritants.

Allergic contact dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is a form of dermatitis we see often.  It appears as red, itchy, scaly rashes with visible borders.  This type of dermatitis can be attributed to chemicals or other irritating elements like nickel, fragrances, hair dyes, preservatives, rubber, and latex products.  These elements inflict irritation to the surface of the skin, causing the rashes.

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis typically form no boundaries.  This form of dermatitis will develop immediately after the skin is exposed to irritating and/or drying components.  Some of the most common irritating components include harsh soaps, cleansers, and solvents.

Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is an immunologic disease that causes the skin to be hyper-reactive to various external substances.  This form of dermatitis is often a long-lasting skin disease that commonly develops within the first six months to five years of a child’s life.

Avoid itching and scratching as much as possible since scratching can lead the skin swelling, cracking, blistering, and weeping a clear fluid.

Hand eczema

Eczema or dermatitis that is present on the hand.  Hands are at risk of constant exposure to harsh irritants including air, water, soaps, and other cleansing agents.  Because of this, treatment for hand eczema may be more aggressive than treatments for other forms of eczema or dermatitis.


With neurodermatitis, the problem does not begin with the skin, but rather an itchy sensation that can irritate the nerve ends of the skin if scratched.  Endless cycle of itching and scratching can lead to thick, scaly, and irritated skin.  The challenge in treating neurodermatitis is to break the cycle of itching and scratching.

Nummular dermatitis

Nummular dermatitis, also referred to as discoid eczema, that appears as distinct, coin-shaped, oval sores on the skin.  This form of dermatitis often forms after skin injuries such as bug bites or severe burns.  Over time, these sores become itchy and cause the impacted area of the skin to fill with pus and appear crusty.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is most common in adults.  The symptoms include red, itchy, scaly patches on the surface of the skin.  Commonly, these patches form on areas of the upper body that have a lot of oil glands, which include parts of the face, ears, scalp, and chest.  Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by a yeast-like organism that lives on the skin.

Stasis dermatitis

Stasis dermatitis stems from the valves in your veins.  It is commonly found in elders over the age of 65.  The valves within the veins are responsible for blood flow, may deteriorate when aging.  This can cause red blood cells to filter into the skin, ultimately leading to skin inflammation.  It is typically found on the lower legs.  In such cases, you should elevate your legs over your heart for as long as possible.  This allows the legs to regain proper blood flow and also reduce the itching sensation.


Basic dermatitis treatments for all types.

 Vitamin E Oil

Dermatitis - Vitamin E oil

 How it helps?

This oil helps to get rid of itching and inflammation.

Things you need:

  • Vitamin E oil.
  • Cotton ball.

How to apply?

  • Dip the cotton ball in the vitamin E oil.
  • Apply it on the affected area.

How often to repeat this process?

Repeat this process 3 times per day for a week.


Coconut Oil

Dermatitis - Coconut oil

 How it helps?

Coconut oil significantly reduces redness, scaling and dryness within a few days.

Things you need:

  • Coconut oil.
  • Cotton ball.

How to apply?

  • Dip the cotton ball in warm coconut oil.
  • Apply it on the affected area to soften the skin.

How often to repeat this process?

Repeat this process 3 times per day for a week.



Dermatitis - Oat meal

How it helps?

Oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory agent and it also helps to reduce itchiness.

 Things you need:

  • Powdered oatmeal.
  • Lukewarm water.

How to apply?

  • Mix one cup of fine powdered oatmeal in lukewarm water.
  • Make it as a thick paste.
  • Apply this all over your body or the affected area.
  • Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

How often to repeat this process?

Repeat this remedy once daily for one month.


Apple cider vinegar 

Dermatitis - Apple cider vinegar

How it helps?

Apple cider vinegar also helps to reduce itchiness and inflammation.

Things you need:

  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Cotton ball.

How to apply?

  • Mix equal quantity for apple cider vinegar with water.
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area with a cotton ball.
  • Leave it for 30 minutes and wipe it off with a damp cotton cloth.

How often to repeat this process?

Follow this for few weeks to get better result.


Aloe Vera

Dermatitis - Aloe Vera

How it helps?

Aloe vera helps to restore pH balance and prevents from skin irritation.

Things you need:

Fresh aloe vera gel.

How to apply?

  • Take the aloe vera gel and wash it thoroughly until you get the clear gel.
  • Apply this gel on the affected area often like applying a moisturizer.

Also you can swallow a small piece of aloe vera gel regularly to have glowing skin forever.

Cold compress

Dermatitis - Cold Compress

How it helps?

Cold compress treatment is very easy and effective treatment to get rid from dermatitis as it reduces pain and cool the affected area.

Things you need:

  • Ice cubes.
  • Cold compress bag or towel.

How to apply?

Just cold compresses on the affected area either with cold compress bag or with few ice cubes wrapped with a towel.  Do not use ice directly without wrapping it, because it may cause damage.

Or, dip a small cloth in the cold water and apply it on the affected area.

How often to repeat this process?

Do this remedy for 2 times in a day till it cures completely.


Dermatitis - Honey

How it helps?

Honey is a natural and common remedy for dermatitis.

Things you need:

  • A spoon of honey.
  • Water.

How to apply?

Take some honey and mix it with little water.  After mixing honey and water properly, apply it on the affected area.

How often to repeat this process?

Use this solution once in a day for few months.

Foods to avoid:

  • Eggs.
  • Dairy.
  • Citrus fruits.
  • Gluten or wheat.
  • Soy.
  • Spices.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Peanuts.
Foods to add:
  • Fish
  • Flax seeds.
  • Probiotics.
  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables.