Whether the skin is reacting to outside factors such as plants, or erupting due to conditions inside the body, it is important to know that all skin irritations can be calmed and cured. Some common skin irritations are dandruff, eczema, contact dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, psoriasis, hives, heat rash, folliculitis and shingles. It is important to note that these conditions all have different root causes. There are irritations caused by contact with a substance, or contact dermatitis, there are irritations caused by bacterial infections such as folliculitis or impetigo, and there are viral irritations caused by viruses such as herpes or shingles.
HEALING SKIN IRRITATIONS
Skin irritations are a sign that our bodies are working, telling us that something is amiss. There are dozens of treatments for various kinds of skin irritations. Over-the-counter products are available to soothe symptoms and heal contact dermatitis and bacterial irritations, but viral irritations need to be resolved with medications prescribed by your dermatologist.
For contact dermatitis, 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical steroid can help alleviate irritation. This is an ultra-mild treatment option that is safe for use anywhere on the body— even the face. Some treatments that don’t require a prescription are: anti-itch creams like Cortisol, oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, ER gel’s healing ointment, PCA Skin’s Anti-Redness serum, or a topical antifungal for fungal rashes. For viral irritations such as shingles, medications such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir will work to cure outbreaks. Symptoms can also be treated with topical antibiotics.