Dermatitis Symptoms: Types and Treatment
Dermatitis, by its most simple definition, is any irritation or inflammation of the skin.
It is among the most common dermatological afflictions that Americans face, and most people will have dermatitis at least once in their lifetime.
It is a common saying within the medical and natural health communities that your skin is an indicator of the health of your entire body as a whole and all of its symptoms. When someone has healthy skin, it usually indicates that they are a very healthy person as a whole, whereas a person with a skin condition such as dermatitis may have illness or disease that is undiagnosed or untreated.
Symptoms of Dermatitis: What to Watch Out For
Dermatitis symptoms are fairly consistent across people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and skin types. You will almost always see redness of the skin that is rash-like in appearance. On people with very dark skin this may be more difficult to see, but it is usually still both visible and even noticeable.
The area of erythema or redness may also have a bumpy appearance, it may even be raised, swollen, or welt-like in nature. Some types of dermatitis may become weepy or leak fluid as they progress if untreated.
Two other dermatitis symptoms that occur in some forms of dermatitis include extreme itchiness and mild pain.
Dermatitis should be assessed by a qualified health care provider who can differentiate it from other dermatological conditions such as psoriasis.
Considerations for Natural Dermatitis Treatment
There are many aspects that are incorporated into natural health treatment protocols for any skin affliction, and dermatitis is no exception.
Any skin care regimen should take into account any allergies and sensitivities that you may have that aggravate or worsen dermatitis. Soothing herbs such as calendula may be incorporated.
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