Is your skin red, itchy, and cracked? It could be spongiotic dermatitis. This is a general term for the type of dermatitis that involves fluid buildup in your skin. It can occur anywhere on the body and is often connected to allergies. This post will review the causes, symptoms, and natural treatment options available to spongiotic dermatitis patients. Read on!
Please remember that although we discuss in this post that we can relieve eczema, we are not medical professionals. Therefore, it is best to seek medical advice immediately if you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection.
What is Spongiotic Dermatitis?
Spongiotic dermatitis is a kind of dermatitis that causes swelling between the cells in your skin. The term describes a pattern of injury in the skin caused by inflammation. Therefore, eosinophilic spongiosis is a feature that can be seen in many different skin conditions, including eczema, other types of dermatitis like atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and allergic skin reactions.
What Causes Spongiotic Dermatitis?
Spongiotic dermatitis can be caused by a change in hormone levels, stress (as this weakens the immune system), fungal infection, extreme changes in temperature, excessive sweating, and allergic reactions to medications, food, or irritating substances like chemicals found in soap, makeup, or jewelry products. Avoiding any known triggers is recommended to reduce the chance of triggering spongiotic dermatitis. For example, spongiotic dermatitis foods to avoid include processed foods that are high in sugars, such as soda, packaged deli meats, microwavable dinners, and canned fruits and vegetables. In addition, we recommend an eczema elimination diet if you’re unsure which foods affect your skin health eczema elimination diet.
Symptoms of Spongiotic Dermatitis
- Intense itchiness
- Dry, scaly skin
- Red rashes, especially on the hands, inner elbows, and behind the knees
- Weeping eczema and blisters that can ooze fluid
- Inflamed and irritated skin
- Infection if excessive scratching causes the skin to crack or bleed
- Skin lesions
The Best Spongiotic Dermatitis Treatment
If you’re looking to manage spongiotic dermatitis symptoms the natural way, here are some of the best remedies:
Keep your skin hydrated with a natural moisturizer like this Grass Fed Tallow Balm. Sourced from grass-fed and finished cows, it’s an excellent choice for anyone on the Paleo or GAPS diets. This nourishing balm is sure to help provide itchy skin relief naturally. You may also like our Tallow Skincare Bundle, which includes all our tallow and pine tar favorites.
Use Natural Soaps
Avoid soaps, shower gels, and detergents that contain harmful chemicals or toxins. Instead, opt for their natural alternatives. A great natural soap is this Soap for Eczema with Chinese Herbs. It’s free of artificial colors, fragrances, and preservatives, so your sensitive skin will love it. You can also use it as a gentle shampoo to treat dandruff, cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis. For a soothing body wash, check out this Organic Liquid Soap Soother. It’s made with organic oils and formulated using the principles of Chinese medicine so it won’t strip skin of its natural moisture.
Try Wet Wrap Therapy
Wet wrap therapy is an easy at-home treatment that quickly relieves a targeted area. The process is simple: start with a lukewarm bath (hot water can aggravate the skin). When finished, apply a natural moisturizer and cover with a wet piece of clothing such as this Remedywear™ Sleeve. Next, cover up with a dry layer overtop and keep it on overnight or for at least 2 hours. When you have removed the wraps, don’t forget to reapply another layer of moisturizer.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.