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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness


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  • Conventional Medical Treatment
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    skin anatomy



    The skin is the body's largest organ. It consists of 3 layers - the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the subcutaneous layer (inner layer). The skin acts as a shield between the body and the millions of foreign substances that exist in our environment. It also functions as a means of excreting toxins and other substances from the body, as do the kidneys and bowels. As a result, the skin is subject to the development of various bumps and blisters, as well as to changes in color, cracking, dryness, flaking, itching, redness, roughness, scaling, thickening, and a host of other problems.



    The term "rash" does not have an exact meaning or refer to a specific disease or kind of disorders. It is a general term that means an outbreak of bumps on the body that changes the way the skin looks and feels. Rashes can be localized to one area or appear widespread. The term "rash" can refer to many different skin conditions. Common categories of skin rash are:
    • Scaly patches of skin not cause by an infection.
    • Scaly patches of skin produced by a fungal, bacterial or viral infection.
    • Red, itchy bumps or patches all over the body.

    There are many reasons for skin reactions. Some of the most common include allergies to molds, foods, chemicals, cosmetics, and other substances. Insect bites, exposure to certain plants (such as poison ivy), fungi, diaper rash, sun and wind exposure, drugs, and alcohol can pose problems as well. Reactions to detergents, jewelry and fragrances, food allergies, nervous tension, and friction - either from two parts of the body rubbing against each other or from contact with ill-fitting clothing or shoes, also contribute (see Common Types of Skin Rashes below).

    Although rashes are seldom dangerous or serious, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Most people experience some type of itchy rash during their lifetime. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a health care provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, if needed. A skin rash should not be taken lightly, as it can sometimes be an indication of an underlying disorder or illness - sometimes a potentially serious illness or an indication of a life-threatening condition. Certain types of rashes can be valuable as a warning signal and should be checked out by your health care provider or dermatologist.


    A rash is an area of inflamed and irritated skin. Rashes are characterized by redness, itching, swelling, and various types of skin lesions (e.g., macules, papules, nodules, plaques, pustules, vesicles, wheals). In some cases, the area of skin affected is dry and sensitive, cracks or flakes, and is warm to the touch.


    The best way to approach treatment for a skin rash is to eliminate the underlying cause. The following are a description of some of the conditions most often responsible for skin rashes. This list is not exhaustive, and it is not meant as a substitute for diagnosis by a qualified health care provider. Any rash that persists for longer than one week, that seems to be getting worse, or that is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, should be evaluated by a health care professional. For more information about these types of rashes, see further down on this page and the links that are provided.


    Athlete's Foot

    Inflammation, burning, scaling, cracking, and blisters on the feet, especially between the toes.

    athlete's foot

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Athlete's Foot

    Chicken Pox

    Crops of small round blister-like pimples that crust over as they heal. Usually appears first on the torso, following a day or so of fever and headache, and then spreads to the face and extremities. Extremely itchy. Most common in children.

    chickenpox blisters

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Chicken Pox


    There are several types of dermatitis, including atopic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and hand dermatitis. Dermatitis is also called eczema, a common rash characterized by inflammation, redness, swelling, and itching. Itching is common. General features include patches of scaling, flaking, and thickening skin that may appear anywhere on the body. In some cases, blistering and oozing (weeping) also occur. Skin color in the affected area may change. One type of dermatitis causes round lesions on the limbs.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Dermatitis

    Food or Drug Allergy

    A flat pink or red rash, with possible swelling and/or itching.

    food allergy skin rash drug rash

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies

    Fungal Infection

    Moist, possibly itchy, red patches that may appear anywhere on the body, but are most common in areas where skin surfaces rub together. In babies, and inflamed, shiny diaper rash.

    candida diaper rash candida on the adult torso

    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Candida
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Disorders: Thrush (Candida)
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Disorders: Diaper Rash

    Herpes Infection

    Painful fluid-filled blisters that erupt periodically around the mouth and/or genitals.

    oral herpes genital herpes

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Herpes
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cold Sores
    MoonDragon's Womens Health STD Disorders: Genital Herpes


    A rash that usually appears suddenly and can take the form of patches of tiny, goosebump-like spots or red, itchy welts that cover significant areas of the body - or anything in between.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Hives

    Lyme Disease

    A red, circular lesion that gradually expands as the center appears to clear up. This may be followed by a rash composed of small raised bumps on the torso. The rash may or may not be accompanied by flu-like symptoms of fever, chills, and nausea.

    lyme disease

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Lyme Disease


    A raised red rash that usually begins on the forehead and ears and spreads to the rest of the body. The rash usually follows several days of viral symptoms including fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose, and possibly conjunctivitis. There may be tiny red spots with white centers in the mouth as well.

    rubella rash rubeola rash

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Rubella (German or 3-Day Measles)
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Rubeola (Hard or 7 to 9-Day Measles


    A lumpy red rash accompanied by headache, achiness, low-grade fever, sore throat, and persistent fatigue.

    mononucleosis rash

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Mononucleosis

    Poison Plants
    (Poison Ivy)
    (Poison Oak)
    (Poison Sumac)

    A red, intensely itchy rash with swelling and oozing blisters. If scratched, the rash can spread.

    poison ivy rash

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Plant Allergy
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies


    Silver, scaly patches that may appear anywhere on the body, but are most common on the scalp, ears, arms, legs, knees, elbows, and back. The rash follows a pattern of periodic flare-ups followed by healing. It may or may not be itchy.

    psoriasis elbow

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Psoriasis


    A fungal infection that produces small, itchy round red spots that grow to be approximately 1/4 inch in diameter, with scaly, slightly raised borders. They tend to clear in the center as they expand.

    ringworm on body (leg)

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Fungal Infections


    Reddening, small bumps, and pimples, usually affecting the nose and the center of the face. It resembles acne, but is chronic and is more common in middle-aged and older individuals.

    rosacea untreated

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Rosacea


    A persistent itchy rash, caused my mites, with small red lumps that may become dry and scaly. Fine, wavy dark lines may emanate from some lumps. Most often occurs between the fingers, on the wrists and/or forearms, and on the breasts and/or genitals.

    scabies around the waistline

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Scabies


    Greasy yellowish, flaky patches of skin that form scales and crusts. It can appear anywhere on the body, but most often affects the scalp, face, and/or chest. It may or may not be itchy.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Seborrhea


    Crops of tiny blisters caused by the chickenpox virus that are extremely painful and sensitive to the touch and that eventually crust, scab, and are shed. Most common on the abdomen below the ribs, but it can occur anywhere on the body. May be preceded and/or accompanied by flu-like symptoms of chills, fever and achiness.


    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Shingles


    Several underlying health-related problems can lead to skin rashes and dermatitis.

  • Hypochlorhydria (low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach) has been cited, as has a condition known as "leaky gut syndrome," in which the intestines become porous and allow tiny particles of undigested food to enter the bloodstream, provoking allergic reactions.

  • Candidiasis, an overgrowth of yeast in the system, food allergies, and a genetically based weakness in the enzyme delta-6-desaturase (which converts essential fatty acids into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins) are other possible causes of skin rash.

  • Many cases of dermatitis are simply the result of allergies. This type of condition is called allergic skin rash or contact dermatitis. Skin inflammation may be link to and can be caused by allergies to metals, metal alloys such as nickel, gold, silver found in jewelry or zippers, rubber, latex, cosmetics, perfumes, medicated creams, ointments, sunlight, hair dyes, candida albicans, chlamydia, plants such as poison ivy, STD's, and so forth. Chemicals used in soaps, laundry detergents can cause skin rash in sensitive individuals and bubble bath products may cause dermatitis and may even irritate the tissues of the lower urinary tract sufficiently to cause bloody urine. This is most likely to occur if you soak in treated bathwater for too long.

  • Dermatitis symptoms can become aggravated when the scalp and the skin of the body is exposed to dust, UV light, harsh chemical based shampoos, hair dyes, and so forth. Whatever the irritant, if the skin remains in contact with it, the skin rash is likely to spread and become severe.

  • Skin rashes can also be triggered or be exacerbated by trauma, illness, overactive oil glands, food allergies, stress (especially chronic tension), excessive perspiration, hormonal imbalances, improper carbohydrate consumption, and the consumption of sugar. Deficiencies of nutrients such as the B-Complex vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids, and Selenium have been linked to dandruff as well.

  • Four of the most serious diseases in which skin rash is an early warning signal are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, meningococcal disease, staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome, and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. See Life-Threatening Rashes for more information further down on this page.

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Insect Bites
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Insect Allergy
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Lyme Disease
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Toxic Shock Syndrome

  • Skin rashes in children are often caused by food allergies, especially to chocolate, dairy products, eggs, peanuts, milk, wheat, fish, chicken, pork or beef. Some experts estimate that allergies to eggs, peanuts, and milk account for as many as 75 percent of all skin rashes in children.

  • Allergy testing is advised, particularly for persistent rashes.

  • MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies


    Scaly, itchy skin patches often represent one of the conditions referred to as eczema.


    Atopic dermatitis is perhaps the most common form of eczema that causes rashes and itching, which may be severe. This is a hereditary skin problem that often begins in childhood as chapped cheeks and scaly patches on the scalp, arms, legs, and torso. Genetics play an important role in the occurrence of atopic dermatitis and families with a history of asthma and allergies experience a higher incidence rate. Atopic dermatitis affects 10 to 15 percent of children. Later in childhood, atopic dermatitis may affect the inner aspects of the elbows and knees. Adults get atopic dermatitis on the hands, around the eyelids, on the genitals, as well as on the body as a whole.

    The word "dermatitis"" means inflammation of the skin. "Atopic" refers to diseases that may be associated with allergies and tend to run in families. Atopic diseases include asthma, hay fever, and atopic dermatitis. In fact, people may refer to what health practitioners call eczema as "allergic skin." However, this is usually not the case. Patients with atopic dermatitis may have allergies, but most cases of atopic dermatitis are not themselves allergic.

    Eczema comes and goes on its own schedule, in a manner not related to the allergy usual suspects-foods, soaps, and detergents - which may be blamed for flare-ups. In most cases, changing diet and detergents helps eczema very little.

    Atopic dermatitis is often worse in the winter months, when the air is cold and dry, so that frequent washing may irritate the skin and aggravate the condition Although the skin feels "dry," it really is not; it is inflamed, and therefore moisturizing alone does not help much.

    Skin affected by atopic dermatitis becomes extremely itchy and inflamed. It may look red, swollen, and cracked. In some cases, the skin can also weep and crust. Liquid that oozes out of such crusts is often not infected; what comes out is the body's normal tissue fluid. Treatment specific for eczema is helpful, not antibiotics.

    Patches of atopic dermatitis may appear on various parts of the body, but the condition is not contagious. It may appear off and on throughout life, but there may be long intervals between outbreaks. Also, the condition does not get progressively worse with age; if anything, it is most extensive during childhood.

    Treatment of eczema involves minimizing irritation if that is contributing to the problem and using prescription-strength steroids (cortisone creams). Non-steroidal creams like tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) have become less popular both because of relative lack of effectiveness and concerns about safety. Tap water soaks with Burow's solution (available without prescription) can help dry up atopic dermatitis in its oozy stages.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Dermatitis


    Contact dermatitis is a rash that is brought on either by contact with a specific material that causes allergy on the skin or with something that irritates the skin, like too-frequent hand washing. Detergents, soaps, certain plants, and solvents are common causes. It can also result from an acquired hypersensitivity to a substance (allergen) that causes an allergic reaction. In this case, the first exposure to a particular allergen does not trigger a reaction or irritation, but causes the person to develop sensitivity. Subsequent exposure then produces an itchy rash.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Chemical Poisoning
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Chemical Allergy
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Environmental Toxicity

    Common examples of contact dermatitis caused by allergy are poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and reactions to costume jewelry containing nickel (nickel plating). Wool blankets and clothing, rubber or glues in shoes, and latex found in surgical/medical gloves and some barrier-type of contraceptives, such as condoms are also common sensitivities. Some allergens (e.g., sunscreens, fragrances) may become sensitizing only when exposed to the sun. With occasional exceptions, allergic contact dermatitis affects just those parts of the skin touched by whatever material causes the allergy, as opposed to atopic dermatitis, which can be widespread because, as explained above, it is not an allergy to a specific substance.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Nickel Toxicity

    Treatment of contact dermatitis involves avoiding the allergen that caused it, if there is one, or minimizing whatever exposure is irritating the skin (water on the hands, solvents at work, saliva around the mouth from lip licking). Effective treatments include topical steroids, including over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone and many prescription-strength creams. Here too, non-steroidal creams like tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are used less than they once were. Tap water soaks with Burow's Solution (Domeboro Astringent Solution) can help dry up oozy contact dermatitis as well.


    Most allergic drug rashes start within two weeks of taking a new medication, especially if the person has taken the drug before. It is very unlikely for medicine that has been prescribed for months or years to cause an allergic reaction. Because there is usually no specific test to prove whether a rash is allergic, health care providers may recommend stopping a suspected drug to see what happens. If the rash does not disappear within five days of not taking the medication, allergy is unlikely.


    Although foods, soaps, and detergents are often blamed for widespread rashes, they are rarely the problem. However, if you feel the problems is allergy related, consult with an allergist and be tested for specific food, insect, and other environmental sensitivities. If you can pinpoint the allergen, you can take measures to avoid it, thus preventing future skin outbreaks and other allergic responses.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Dermatitis
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Psoriasis
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Nickel Toxicity
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies


    Hives (urticaria) is a condition characterized by the sudden eruption of elevated wheals or papules, red welts that come and go on various parts of the body associated with swelling and severe itching. Hives usually can be caused by an allergic reaction, however, most hives are not allergic responses and run their course, disappearing as mysteriously as they came. Conventional medical treatment may include antihistamines or, in severe cases, corticosteroids.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Hives


    Seborrheic dermatitis often occurs on the face, behind the ears, or on the scalp (called dandruff). Waxy scales and reddened skin areas characterize the condition. Nummular dermatitis can develop at any age, but is most common after the age of 60. It is a long-lasting (chronic) condition characterized by round plaques of eczema.

    Seasonal changes affect the occurrence of seborrheic dermatitis. Dermatitis can be worse during the fall and winter months when the air is cold and dry and better in the summer for some individuals. This has been thought to be caused by changes in humidity. Some people have found that sun exposure helps to clear up dermatitis, but others find that it seems to make the problem worse.

    Dermatitis can be due to a growth of yeast in the skin and scalp, which is thought to be instrumental in the development of scaling and scalp irritation. This small skin fungus, previously known as Pityrosporum ovale, now renamed Malassezia furfur, may also be a cause of itching scalp and dermatitis. The fungus is found naturally on the skin surface of both healthy people and those with seborrheic dermatitis. The fungus likes fat, and is found most on skin surfaces with plenty of sebaceous glands such as on the scalp, face and upper part of the body. When Malassezia furfur grows too rapidly, the naturally renewal of cells is disturbed and dermatitis appears with itching.

    A large preponderance of males have seborrheic dermatitis, which may suggest some role of androgen hormones in this disorder.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Seborrhea


    There are of course many other scaly rashes. Two worth mentioning are psoriasis, a hereditary condition affecting elbows, knees, and elsewhere, and pityriasis rosea, which primarily affects teens and young adults, producing scaly patches on the chest and back and generally disappearing in about a month. Xerosis, very dry skin, may also appear as a rash during the cold, dry months of the year.

    There are a number of other skin conditions and rashes that occur in infants. For more information about these conditions, see the links included on this page. Young children are also susceptible to other types of rashes, including the following:
    • Heat rash (prickly heat).
    • Bacterial infections (e.g., impetigo, scarlet fever).
    • Fungal infections (e.g., ringworm, athlete's foot).
    • Viral infections (e.g., chickenpox, coxsackievirus, fifth disease, measles, German measles [rubella], roseola).


    When infections appear as rashes, the most common organisms are fungus or bacterial infections.


    Fungal infections are fairly common but do not appear nearly as often as rashes in the eczema category. Perhaps the most common diagnostic mistake made by both patients and non-dermatology health care practitioners is to call scaly rashes "a fungus." For instance, someone with several scaly spots on the arms, legs, or torso is much more likely to have a form of eczema or dermatitis than actual ringworm (the layman's term for fungus). Likewise, yeasts (candida) are botanically related to fungi and can cause skin rashes. These tend to affect folds of skin (like the skin under the breasts or the groin). They look fiery red and have pustules around the edges. As is the case with ringworm, many rashes that are no more than eczema or irritation get labeled "yeast infections."

    Fungus and yeast infections have little to do with hygiene. Clean people get them too. Despite their reputation, fungal rashes are not commonly caught from dogs or other animals, nor are they easily transmitted in gyms, showers, pools, or locker rooms. In most cases, they are not highly contagious between people either.

    Treatment is usually straightforward. Many effective anti-fungal creams can be bought at the drugstore without a prescription, including 1 percent clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex) and 1 percent terbinafine (Lamisil).

    Rashes occur frequently in infants and young children. Diaper rash (diaper dermatitis) is the most common skin disorder in infants and toddlers. The most common cause for diaper rash is prolonged contact with a soiled diaper, resulting in irritation to the skin. Rubbing and chafing can worsen the rash. Diaper rash usually responds well to frequent diaper changes and allowing the child to go without diapers for periods of time daily. Cornstarch or powder can be used as a drying agent to help reduce moisture and friction. See Newborn Rashes for more information.

    MoonDragon's Pediatric Health Disorders: Childhood Infections - Diaper Rash
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Health Disorders: Vulvovaginitis Before Puberty
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Health Disorders: Childhood Infections - Thrush
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Candida Albicans

    Ringworm: Ringworm is a local infection of the skin with a fungus, usually Microsporum canis, Microsporium audouinii, or Trichophyton tonsurans. Health care providers refer to these infections as "tinea" with several forms such as tinea corporis (ringworm on the body) and tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp). Although the two are caused by the same organisms, they must be treated differently. Ringworm can be caught from friends (exchanging combs, brushes, or hats) or from household pets. If you think your child may have ringworm, you should see your health care provider.

    With tinea corporis, the lesion starts as a red, slightly scaly, oval that gets bigger over time. The rash may be slightly itchy. The center of the rash may clear and appear to be normal skin. Tinea capitis usually starts with a round to oval area on the scalp that loses its hair. Sometimes, the area of the scalp will swell and may ooze. This is called a kerion and is a reaction of the body to the tinea fungus. Tinea capitis may also present as normal to severe dandruff without hairless patches on the scalp.

    Tinea corporis can easily be treated with topical medications available from your health care provider. Unfortunately, it can be easily spread among family members and friends. Good hygiene combined with appropriate therapy can break this cycle. Tinea capitis requires an oral medication from your health care provider.

    Athlete's Foot: Athlete's foot is also caused by a fungal infection of the skin. Symptoms include a very itchy rash between the toes is usually caused by athlete's foot. Although athlete's foot can be treated with over-the-counter medications, other causes of rash can appear similar. It is best to have your child checked by the health care provider if you suspect athlete's foot.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Athlete's Foot


    Impetigo: The most common bacterial infection of the skin is impetigo. Impetigo is a superficial skin infection caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacterial organisms and is much more common in children than adults. The rash is more common in the warmer months. It can also occur as a secondary infection in skin that has been damaged, such as with scabies, poison ivy, eczema, or drug reactions. Again, poor hygiene plays little or no role.

    Symptoms appear as small, superficial blisters, itchy bumps or patches all over the place, leaving red, open patches of skin. Often a honey-colored crust forms over this rash. The rash may be quite itchy. Impetigo is also highly contagious. A child can spread the infection to other parts of the body or to other people.

    The infection of the skin is easily treated with topical or oral antibiotics. Non-prescription antibacterial creams like bacitracin or Neosporin are not very effective. Oral antibiotics or prescription-strength creams like Bactroban are usually needed. The person is usually no longer contagious after 2 to 3 days of therapy and the rash begins to heal in 3 to 5 days. If the rash does not show signs of healing by the third day of treatment, the person will need to be seen by a health care provider. When the impetigo occurs in addition to poison ivy or scabies, the person may benefit from an anti=itch medication while the antibiotics are taking effect.

    Scarlet Fever (Scarlatina): This is simply strep throat with a rash. The throat infection is caused by the bacteria group A streptococcus pyogenes. It is most commonly seen in school-aged children in the winter and early spring, but it can occur in individuals of any age and in any season. It is very contagious, and the risk of transmission can be decreased with good hand washing. The rash is not serious, but serious complications can occur from the underlying infection, strep throat. The most worrisome of these is rheumatic fever, a serious disease that can damage the heart valves and cause long-term heart disease. Rheumatic fever is a complication of streptococcus infection.

    The symptoms begin with sore throat (which can be mild), fever, headache, and swollen glands. After one to two days of these symptoms, the person develops a rash on the body that is red and has a sandpaper roughness. The rash usually spares the palms and soles. The face may look very flushed with a thin ring of normal skin around the mouth.

    Streptococcal sore throat can be treated with antibiotics. The person should be seen by their health care provider immediately if there is suspicion of strep throat or scarlet fever. The person will require a full course of antibiotics, which should be finished even if when they are feeling better before completion. A child may return to school in 24 hours if the fever has resolved and he or she is feeling better.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Rheumatic Fever
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Sore Throat


    While viral infections of the skin itself, like herpes or shingles (a cousin of chickenpox), are mostly localized to one part of the body, viral rashes are more often symmetrical and everywhere. Patients with such rashes may or may not have other viral symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or an stomach upset (nausea). Viral rashes usually last a few days to a week and go way on their own. Treatment is directed at relief of itch, if there is any.

    Pityriasis Rosea: This is a common skin rash that develops mainly on the torso and upper extremities. The lesions are typically pink and oval with slight overlying scale, and this condition usual is not itchy. Pityriasis rosea may result from human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7).

    Chickenpox (Varicella): A virus called varicella-zoster causes this very contagious disease. The disease is not harmful to most children. The symptoms generally last two weeks and can make the child very uncomfortable. In addition, chickenpox can be a serious illness in people with weak immune systems such as newborns, people on chemotherapy for cancer, people taking steroids, pregnant women, or those with HIV/AIDS. A safe and effective vaccine is now available to children aged 1 year or older to prevent chickenpox. The symptoms generally appear 10 to 21 days after exposure.

    The earliest symptoms of chickenpox are fever, sore throat, and feeling tired. This is followed, usually within a day, by the appearance of the classic, intensely itchy rash which typically begins on the scalp, armpits, or groin area. The rash begins as an area of redness with a small, superficial blister in the center. The blister eventually ruptures, and the lesion will form a crust. Children with chickenpox will have both new and older lesions present at the same time.

    The virus is spread primarily from the nose and mouth of the child, but the rash itself is also contagious. The child remains contagious and cannot go to school or day care until the last lesion to appear has fully crusted over.

    There is no "cure" for chickenpox once it has begun, but there is a vaccine that is very effective in preventing the disease. Once a child has chickenpox, a health care provider can prescribe treatments to help control the itching and make your child more comfortable. The chickenpox vaccine, called the "varicella vaccine" was added to the routine childhood immunizations in 1995. It is given in two doses. The first dose is given at 12 to 15 months of age. The second dose is recommended between ages 4 and 6. The vaccine is both safe and effective. The vaccine can cause mild tenderness and redness at the site for a few days. While most children will be protected by the vaccine, some children who are later exposed to chickenpox can develop a mild chickenpox case usually without fever and with very few lesions. A new tetravalent vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox was introduced in 2005. It has been shown to work as well as the separate MMR and chickenpox vaccines. Never give aspirin to a child with chickenpox. A deadly disease called Reye's syndrome has been associated with children taking aspirin, especially if they have chickenpox. Be sure to check any other over-the-counter medications for the ingredients aspirin or salicylates because these are often found mixed with over-the-counter cold medications.

    Chickenpox can occasionally affect the cornea, the clear front portion of the eye. If your child develops chickenpox on the tip of the nose or in the eyes, or if the child develops a red, irritated eye, you should see your health care provider immediately.

    Shingles (Herpes Zoster): Shingles is caused by reactivation of a dormant varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles usually results in a localized, unilateral (occurs on one side of the body) rash that follows a linear pattern along a nerve. Redness in the area is followed by raised bumps and blisters that become pus filled. In most cases, the lesions scab over and heal in about a week.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Chickenpox
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Herpes
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cold Sores
    MoonDragon's Womens Health STD Disorders: Genital Herpes
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Shingles

    Coxsackieviruses & Other Enteroviruses: The enteroviruses, including the coxsackieviruses, are a very common cause of fever and rash in children. Two diseases are caused by coxsackieviruses, called hand-foot-and-mouth disease and herpangina. Coxsackievirus infections are more common in the summer and autumn.

    In hand-foot-and-mouth disease, the children develop fever and rash. The rash includes tender blisters in the mouth and tongue as well as on the palms and soles of the hands and the feet. Occasionally the rash will also occur on the buttocks or the genital area.

    Herpangina causes a fever, sore throat, and painful blisters or ulcers in the back of the mouth. It typically occurs during the summer months.

    No specific treatment is available except acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for fever and discomfort. The diseases are not harmful but can be prevented with good hand washing and not eating off of someone else's plate or sharing straws.

    Measles (Rubeola): A Paramyxovirus causes the measles. A relatively safe and effective vaccine is available to prevent this disease, but outbreaks in people who have not been fully vaccinated still occur.

    The disease usually begins with nasal congestion, eye redness, cough, and fever. The child will generally look sick, with decreased appetite and activity level. On the third or fourth day of the illness, the child will develop a brown rash on the face, which spreads down the body and lasts more than three days.

    Once the disease begins, no medication is available to treat measles. Children who have measles appear quite ill and are miserable, but the illness usually gets better without lasting ill effects. According to conventional medicine, you can prevent your child from getting measles by making sure they receive the recommended vaccines. The measles vaccine is part of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine given at age 12 to 15 months and repeated at age 4 to 6 or 11 to 12 years. In the past, some parents would elect to skip this vaccine because of concerns of association between vaccines and autism. According to some medical resources, multiple recent studies have shown the vaccine to be relatively safe and appears not associated with autism or any other behavioral abnormality. Long-term effect studies are still underway. The safety concerns focused on the vaccine preservative, thimerosal, which contains mercury. The studies on thimerosal have shown it to be safe, and its use is still endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The MMR vaccine and the DTaP vaccines in the United States have been thimerosal-free since 1995. Since 2001, with the exception of some influenza (flu) vaccines, thimerosal has not been used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines in the U.S. However, regardless, each parent should do their research regarding vaccines and decide whether or not to choose this option.

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    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Rubeola Measles

    Rubella (German Measles): Rubella is a much milder disease also caused by a virus (Rubivirus).

    Rubella begins with a pink rash on the face then spreads to the body. Symptoms improve in less than three days. Your child does not appear to be very ill but may develop swollen lymph nodes in the neck, especially behind the ears.

    Rubella is also easily prevented with an effective vaccine (the MMR). Rubella can be very serious to an unborn child if the mother develops rubella early in her pregnancy. All women of childbearing age should have their immune status verified.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Rubella (German Measles)

    Fifth Disease: Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum or "slapped cheeks" disease, is caused by a virus (parvovirus B19). This disease tends to occur in the winter and spring but can occur year-round.

    Most people with a parvovirus B19 infection will have no symptoms. Only one in four will develop Fifth's disease. The disease can cause a low-grade fever, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea in the eight to 10 days before the rash appears. The rash only appears once the viral illness is over. The earliest specific sign of the disease is often bright red cheeks, inspiring the name "slapped cheeks disease." In one to two days, a lacy, red rash spreads throughout the body. The rash appears to fade when the skin is cool, but with a warm bath or with activity, the rash becomes more pronounced. Occasionally the child may have sore joints with the rash. Once the rash appears, the child is no longer contagious.

    Fifth disease is not serious in otherwise healthy children but can pose a serious problem for children with sickle cell anemia, leukemia, or HIV/AIDS. The disease can also cause problems for pregnant women. Because the child is contagious only before the rash appears, children who develop the rash are free to return to day care.

    Roseola Infantum: Roseola is also called exanthem subitum and is a common childhood illness caused by the human herpes virus 6. The human herpes virus 7 can less commonly cause this disease. The disease usually occurs in children younger than 2 years.

    The symptoms are a high, spiking fever for two to five days followed by the onset of a rash. The rash appears as the fever resolves. It consists of small, pink, flat, or slightly raised lesions that appear on the trunk and spread to the extremities. The rash resolves quickly, usually only lasting one to two days.

    Despite the worrisome fever, the disease is not harmful and gets better without specific therapy. The fever associated with roseola can occasionally cause a seizure.


    Because children often share many things and are less likely to take cleanliness precautions than adults, parasites and fungal infections can spread quickly through a day-care center or your child's class at school. Pay attention to any prolonged itching or hair loss your child might experience.

    Scabies: Scabies is an itchy rash that is often worsened with bathing or at night. It is caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows beneath the top layer of skin. It is spread by close bodily contact such as sleeping together or sharing of clothing. It can also be sexually transmitted. Mites can survive for several days in clothes, bedding, and dust.

    The rash starts about two weeks after your child has come into contact with the mite. The itchy rash of scabies tends to be found between the fingers, in the armpits, and on the inner wrists and arms. It tends to spare the head, palms, and soles except in infants and with severe infestations. Sometimes you can see the wavy pattern the where the mite has burrowed.

    To prevent scabies, good hygiene, frequent hand washing, and not sharing clothing with friends is important. If your child has an itchy rash that lasts for more than two to three days, he or she should be checked by a health care provider.

    Prescription medications are available to kill the mites and to decrease the allergic skin reactions of swelling and itch. Once anyone in the family is diagnosed with scabies, everyone in the home should be treated for mite infestation. All clothing and bedding must be washed in hot water and the mattresses vacuumed.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Scabies


    When you first bring your baby home from the hospital or whether you decide to deliver your baby at home, every little bump or red patch causes alarm. It is normal for your baby to have some skin rashes. Diaper rash and cradle cap are par for the course with newborns. If you suspect that your child has more than a simple skin irritation, contact your midwife and, if necessary, see a health care provider.


    Milia are small yellow to white dots on the face and the gums occur in healthy newborns. A small cyst of skin cells is the cause. Milia go away by themselves and require no therapy. These dots are not contagious.


    Seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap) is a greasy, scaly, red, bumpy rash that can occur on the scalp, behind the ears, in the armpits, and the diaper area. This rash is not harmful and can be easily treated by your midwife or health care provider. No emergency care is required.

    cradle cap

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Seborrhea


    Infantile acne is a disorder that will go away on its own and that occurs primarily in male babies in the first six weeks of life. Although treatment is not required, you can discuss options with your midwife or health care provider.


    This rash has a scary name but should really be called "the normal newborn rash" because it occurs in about half of all newborns. The rash starts with small blisters on a red base. Sometimes only the blotchy red base shows, and sometimes the blisters have a white or yellow material inside. The rash starts the second or third day of life and usually gets better in one to two weeks. The rash is not serious, is not contagious, and does not require treatment. The rash can look similar to other types of rash, so see your midwife or health care provider with any questions or concerns.


    Miliaria (prickly heat) is a rash that includes small, clear blisters usually on the nose. It is caused by the production of sweat in a warm environment and plugged sweat glands. This rash is more common when the child is dressed too warmly. It gets better on its own.


    Candidal rash (yeast infection) is a diaper rash is a fungal or yeast infection of the skin by Candida albicans. This is the same organism that causes thrush, the white plaques in the mouths of infants. The combination of the moist diaper environment and the presence of C. albicans in the normal gastrointestinal tract of children causes a candidal rash.

    Candida rash is an intensely red, raised rash with discrete borders is found. The borders may have a ring of fine scales. Surrounding the main area of rash there may be smaller lesions, called satellite lesions, which are characteristic of candidal diaper rashes. The rash tends to involve the skin creases and folds because of the warm, moist environment.

    This rash is easily treated by medications available from your health care provider, but it tends to recur.

    MoonDragon's Pediatric Health Disorders: Childhood Infections - Diaper Rash
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Health Disorders: Childhood Infections - Thrush
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Candida Albicans


    A greasy, scaly, red diaper rash, seborrheic dermatitis tends to occur in the creases and folds just as in candidal rashes. Unlike candidal rashes, the rash is usually not intensely red or scaly but instead is usually moist and greasy in appearance. This rash is not harmful and can be easily treated by your midwife or health care provider.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Seborrhea


    The effects of urine and feces on the sensitive skin of the newborn cause this rash. The creases and folds are spared in this rash, unlike seborrhea or candidal diaper rash.

    To prevent diaper rash, change soiled or wet diapers as soon as possible. Make sure that baby clothing is well rinsed, and do not use fabric softeners because this may irritate delicate skin. Many health care providers and midwives suggest allowing the bottom to go bare for several hours a day, especially to help heal a diaper rash. Topical ointments with zinc oxide also provide a barrier and may help with healing of a diaper rash.

    MoonDragon's Pediatric Health: Childhood Infections - Diaper Rash


    Life-threatening rashes are uncommon, and you or your child usually appears quite ill if he or she has a life-threatening rash. If you suspect you or your child may have a life-threatening rash, you should go to your hospital's emergency department immediately.


    Petechiae are small red or purplish spots on the skin that do not fade when you press on them. Petechiae are due to broken capillaries in the skin. Petechiae without fever can occur in the head and neck after forceful coughing. Most children with petechiae and fever have a mild viral illness. However, fever and petechiae are also seen with bacterial sepsis, especially with meningococcal disease. This disease is highly fatal and extremely contagious. Any child with a fever and petechiae should be seen by a health care provider immediately.

    Petechiae are red dots on the skin that do not fade when pressure is applied. The dots represent bleeding from the capillaries leaving a small, temporary blood blister in the skin. Children with petechiae may appear healthy or very ill.

    Petechiae resolve completely without any treatment. However, a health care provider should evaluate your child to determine that a serious disease process is not present. Your child may need blood tests and X-rays to find the cause of the petechiae and fever. Occasionally, a child also requires a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to be sure meningitis is not the cause.


    Also called, meningococcal sepsis, meningococcemia is a life-threatening bacterial invasion of the blood by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. This disease is seen primarily in the winter and spring in children younger than 2 years, but epidemics can occur in any season. Meningococcemia is spread from the nose and mouth of other people. Good hygiene and hand washing can help decrease the risk of transmission. Children exposed to people with this disease need to be evaluated by their health care provider and possibly be put on antibiotics to protect them from getting the disease. (Other bacteria such as Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus can cause similar syndromes.)

    Fever and a petechial rash are present. Headache, congestion, nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches may also occur.The rash may start out as small bumps or raised blisters but develop into petechiae. Petechiae are broken capillaries in the skin that cause red dots that do not disappear when pressure is applied to the skin.

    Take a child with the symptoms of meningococcemia to your hospital's emergency department immediately. Blood tests, including blood cultures, may be needed, as may X-rays and a spinal tap, to fully evaluate your child. Meningococcemia is treated in the hospital with IV antibiotics. Intensive care therapy may also be required. Meningococcal sepsis is often fatal even with appropriate antibiotic therapy. Early treatment and close observation are needed.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Meningitis


    Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a disease spread by tick bites, but often the child and parent may not remember any bite. The ticks carry infection with the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii. In spite of its name, it is more common in the Southeast than in the Rocky Mountains. It tends to occur in the warmer months of April through September when ticks are more active and outdoor exposures are more likely to occur. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be fatal even in young healthy adults, but with early diagnosis and treatment with appropriate antibiotics, the mortality rate is low.

    About two to 14 days after the tick bite, the child develops a sudden fever (101°F or more), headache, muscle aches, and rash. Only 3 percent of patients will initially have rash, fever and headache. The rash usually appears on the second to fifth day of the illness. The rash begins as red spots on the wrists and ankles and spreads inward to the trunk. The rash begins as flat, red marks which blanch with pressure. Later on, the classic rash will become raised and may have a non-blanching red center. However, 9 to 12 percent of patients will not develop a rash at all. The rash may involve the palms of the hands and soles of the feet but usually does not involve the face. As the rash progresses, it becomes petechial (does not blanch with pressure), with red to purplish dots or even small bruises.

    Contact your health care provider immediately if you suspect your child has RMSF or with any concerns of a tick-related illness. RMSF treatment must be started early as the blood tests may not turn positive for up to 10 days after the start of the illness. Treatment must be started before this time to avoid serious complications. Most children are put in the hospital and given antibiotics.

    The most effective means to prevent Rocky Mountain spotted fever and many other tick-transmitted diseases (such as Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis) is to keep from getting bitten by ticks. When outdoors, dress in light colors that make it easier to see ticks if they attach themselves. Wear long sleeves and long pants, tucking the pant legs into the socks. Check for ticks on your body periodically, paying special attention to the scalp, underarms, and genital areas. Use an insect repellent that is effective against ticks. Both DEET and Picardin are long lasting and provide protection. Picardin has low skin absorption and does not stain fabrics. Never use a concentration of DEET (N, N-diethyltoluamide) higher than 30 percent, and never apply it to the skin. Do not use DEET on children less than 4 months of age. Do not apply to broken skin. Avoid getting DEET into the eyes, nose, or mouth. DEET can damage synthetic fibers, so be careful applying this to clothing. Apply the insect repellent to the shirt collar, sleeves, and pants. There are permethrin products that can be applied only to clothing which are long-lasting and effective in helping to prevent tick bites.

    Once a tick has attached itself to you or your child, it should be promptly removed. Gently grab the tick with tweezers close to the skin (to include the head) and apply a gentle tug. Do not crush the tick, as this usually results in leaving the microscopic mouth parts still attached. Hold this gentle tension until the tick releases. This may take several minutes. Cleanse the bite area with alcohol, and call your health care provider immediately. Avoid the old home remedies of applying lighter fluid, petroleum jelly, gasoline, or a lit match to kill a tick. Once the tick is dead, the mouth parts may stay in the wound and greatly increase the risk of disease. Ticks can also be brought into your home by your pets, so be sure to have your veterinarian check your pet regularly and ask about products to reduce the risk.


    Lyme disease is also caused by an organism spread by deer tick bites. Avoiding tick bites is the best defense. The disease has been reported in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, North Central, and Pacific coastal regions of the United States and in Europe. It is most prevalent in the northeastern states of the United States, with about half of all cases clustered in New York and Connecticut.

    Lyme disease starts with a flu-like illness or a characteristic target-like rash several days to a few weeks following a tick bite. The illness consists of a fever, which can range from 100°F-104°F, headache, muscle and joint aches, a mild sore throat, a cough, stomach upset, neck pain and stiffness, and Bell's palsy (a paralysis of the facial nerve that causes your face muscles to be uneven). The rash is red and grows in size daily. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the rash to be a minimum of 3.5 cm (1.5 inches) across to distinguish it from a tick bite, which usually is about the size of a dime or smaller. The rash occurs at the site of the tick bite and can grow from the size of a silver dollar to the size of a football. Its shape can be circular or oval. As it grows, the rash can remain red throughout, although it often can develop a clear area and may take on the appearance of a target with concentric circles of red next to clear areas. The early symptoms are not as threatening as what occurs later if the infection is not treated. The organs affected later include the following: the heart (heart rhythm complications), the musculoskeletal system (a chronic arthritis), and the neurological system (brain swelling that causes learning difficulties, confusion, or coma).

    Lyme disease should be treated promptly. Your health care provider treats early Lyme disease with oral antibiotics. When treated early, nearly all people with Lyme disease experience rapid improvement and minimal complications from the disease. A vaccine has been approved for people older than 15 years to prevent Lyme disease (LYMErix), but it is given only to people with significant occupational exposures to Lyme disease.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Lyme Disease


    Kawasaki disease (also called mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome) is of unknown cause, although it is suspected to be caused by a bacteria or virus. It usually affects children younger than 9 years. It can have serious effects on your child's heart if not diagnosed and treated correctly. With treatment, only 2 percent of children die from this disease. Call your health care provider or go to the hospital's emergency department immediately if you suspect your child may have Kawasaki disease.

    The disease is defined by the following diagnostic criteria:
    • Fever for five days straight.
    • Redness of the eyes.
    • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
    • Red throat, tongue, or lips.
    • Redness or swelling of the fingers and toes.
    • Rash with flat red lesions, raised red lesions, blisters, or any combination of these.
    • The child typically appears quite ill and unhappy.

    No test diagnoses this disease. The diagnosis is made by evaluating for the diagnostic criteria. Children with this disease may also have an elevated platelet count. The saclike dilatations of the coronary arteries called aneurysms also may be noted. Children with Kawasaki disease are admitted to the hospital and given IV gamma globulin and high-dose aspirin.

    MoonDragon's Articles: Pediatric Information - Kawasaki Disease


    Toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening disease in which many body systems are acutely affected. Early in the course the disease may resemble RMSF, measles, and several other diseases. This disease is caused by a toxin produced by Staph aureus or Streptococcus. When the causative organism is Streptococcus, the disease is called streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). This disease can be fatal even with the maximum intensive treatment. If you suspect that you or your child may have TSS or STSS, go to your hospital's emergency department immediately.

    Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is very serious and begins with a high fever, sore throat, and body aches and may include vomiting or diarrhea. The CDC definition of TSS involves fever, low blood pressure, and multiple types of organ failure that may lead to disorientation, or liver failure and kidney failure. The rash looks like a mild sunburn but will be found in areas normally covered by clothes when outdoors. The rash eventually peels off in two to three weeks if the child survives. Children with this disease appear very ill, and the disease can progress rapidly to a life-threatening situation.

    The source of the infection must be found and adequately treated, but the mainstay of therapy involves supporting the circulation. Children with this disease are often admitted to the hospital for close observation and therapy in an intensive care setting.

    MoonDragon's Womens Health Disorders: Toxic Shock Syndrome


    Other medical conditions can result in a rash, including:
    • Acne (often develops on the face, neck, back and shoulders).
    • Lupus (commonly called a "butterfly" rash across the cheeks and under the eyes).
    • Rosacea (often occurs on the forehead, nose and chin).
    • Liver Disease (primary biliary cirrhosis can cause intense itching of the skin).


    See these links, and other links on this page for more information:

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Abscess
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Acne
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Bedsores
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Bed Wetting
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Bee Stings
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Boils
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Burns
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Calluses
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Canker Sores
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Dandruff
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Dry Skin
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Fever
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Lupus
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Rosacea
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Gangrene
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Rheumatic Fever
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Scorpion Sting
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Snakebite
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Spiderbite
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Sunburn
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: The Liver
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Vaginitis
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Vitiligo
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Warts
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Wrinkles


    Most rashes are not dangerous to a person or people in the vicinity (unless they are part of an infectious disease such as chickenpox). Many rashes last a while and get better on their own. It is therefore not unreasonable to treat symptoms like itchy and/or dry skin for a few days to see whether the condition gets milder and goes away.

    Many health care providers recommend hydrocortisone cream for minor irritations, poison ivy, itchy insect bites, and diaper rash. The use of antihistamines and antibiotics are also common treatments prescribed by health care providers for various types of rashes. In severe cases, a health care provider may prescribe an oral steroid (such as prednisone, prednisolone, or hydrocortisone) or the use of phototherapy (procedures involve the use of ultraviolet radiation).

    Allergy testing is advised, particularly for persistent rashes.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies


    Non-prescription (over-the-counter) remedies include:
    • Anti-itch creams containing camphor, menthol, pramoxine (Itch-X), or diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
    • Antihistamines like diphenhydramine, chlortrimeton, or loratadine (Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert).
    • Moisturizing lotions.

    If these measures do not help, or if the rash persists or becomes more widespread, a visit to a health care provider or dermatologist is advisable. There are many, many other types of rashes that have not specifically covered here. It is especially important that if you have any questions about the cause or treatment of a rash, to contact your health care provider.


    People with atopic dermatitis or eczema should not be vaccinated against smallpox, whether or not the condition is active. In the case of other rashes, the risk of complications is much less. Consult your health care provider about the smallpox vaccine. Consult with an alternative-medicine practitioner, such as a Naturopathic or Homeopathic practitioner for alternatives to vaccinations using homeopathics.


    Skin rashes, dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, covers a range of skin conditions characterized by redness, flaking, irritation, scaling or blisters. Dermatitis results when the body is not eliminating toxins efficiently. However, the exact cause of the various conditions and the courses they take can differ. For example, eczema begins with itchiness and seeping blisters that can become red, tough and flaky. In psoriasis, patches of small white scales develop. Both eczema and psoriasis are hereditary, but are affected by dietary factors and allergies, too. In addition, exposure to chemicals, stress, illness and medication can all contribute to dermatitis. Since the symptoms of the various types of dermatitis are quite similar, diagnosing the rashes is sometimes difficult. While dermatitis is not easy to cure, the goal of treatment focuses on reducing the severity and the frequency of outbreaks. A health care provider can help identify dermatitis, while herbal and natural remedies, proper skin care, homeopathy, a low-fat diet and stress reduction can help ease the uncomfortable symptoms it causes.


  • Antimicrobial measures may be necessary if incessant scratching or rawness of the skin allows bacteria to enter and cause an infection on top of the inflammation. If any pus forms or oozes, add a disinfecting herb, such as Calendula or Goldenseal powder, to the topical applications (lotions and creams), and take Vitamin C.

  • For quick relief of itching and inflammation, soak a clean cloth in cool water (or, for even greater soothing effect, in Comfrey tea that has cooled), wring it out, and apply it to the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary for relief.

  • Take lukewarm showers instead of baths, and try not to shower every day during the duration of the rash. Also avoid using the same washcloth, sponge, or shower pouf each time you shower, as bacteria and fungi can grow in these moist areas.

  • Whenever possible, use hypoallergenic skin care products, deodorants, shaving creams, soaps, hair products, cosmetics, household products, and laundry detergents. Keep in mind, however, that hypoallergenic means only that a product is not likely to cause allergies; not that it will not. Also, when choosing products, look for "fragrance-free" formulas rather than an "unscented" one.

  • Wear loose, cool clothing. Next to the skin, natural fibers such as cotton is best. Avoid synthetic materials and tight-fitting garments.

  • Avoid prolonged contact with known skin irritants including chemicals, dust, direct sunlight, and water.

  • Radiation and chemotherapy treatments can cause skin to become more sensitive to allergens and irritants. Occasionally, radiation can also cause the skin to thin, lose elasticity, and become lighter or darker in color. Emollients and high-SPF sunscreens should be used generously on affected areas.

  • Many medications cause skin rashes in people when they are exposed to sunlight. If your medication causes photosensitivity, ask your health care provider if there are any alternatives.

  • Chemicals used in bubble bath products may cause dermatitis and may even irritate the tissues of the lower urinary tract sufficiently to cause bloody urine. This is most likely to occur if you soak in treated bathwater for too long.

  • Food allergies can cause dermatitis.


    Give your skin what it needs: In the summer, use water-based lotions and, in winter, salves with a high fat or oil content. Also, do not take baths that are too hot or soak for too long, as this robs the skin of natural emollients and leads to dryness. Moisturizing baths with a few teaspoons of an Oatmeal powder or Olive Oil can help to reduce dry skin and inflammation. Make sure that cleansing lotions have a neutral or slightly acidic pH. Many soaps are highly alkaline and ruin the skin's protective layer of acids. Improve your diet and supplement important nutrients. Proper nutrition and dietary supplements can provide the building blocks to rebuilding new, healthy skin and a strong, protective immune system.

    calendula salve


  • Aloe Vera gel, Ginkgo Biloba extract, and Green Tea extract have antioxidant properties that can aid in healing.

  • Calendula, Chamomile, Elder Flower, Tea Tree Oil can be used externally as a soothing wash on rashes.

  • Try botanical remedies such as Calendula, Licorice and Coleus tinctures for anti-inflammatory results. Coleus Aromaticus is used to treat chronic sores, burns, insect stings, and eczema. Dandelion, Burdock and Sarsaparilla tinctures improve bowel function. Dandelion root is known as a Blood purifier used for liver and kidney disorders. Dandelion root also contains nutritive salts to build up the blood. A blood purifier used for liver and kidney disorders; contains nutritive salts to build up the blood and is very useful for skin problems and diseases. Sarsaparilla is used for sexual impotence, rheumatism and skin disorders.

  • Burdock Root is used traditionally for skin disorders associated with adolescence. It is also one of the most effective herbs for cleansing the blood without the side effects of nausea. An herbal treatment for psoriasis and a promising HIV herb, Burdock is also a blood purifier.

  • Tea Tree cream relieves rashes, skin irritations, sunburn, scratches, insect bites, itching, and minor cuts. It has herbal extracts that aid in healing with a soothing and cooling action. Apply topically directly to the affected area. Avoid contact with the eyes. Tea Tree Oil shampoo naturally nourishes the hair and scalp. The shampoo removes unwanted build-up from hair left by other shampoos.

  • A poultice made with Chaparral, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock root benefits may types of skin rashes. See poultice link below.

  • Comfrey Leaf is one of the most well-known healing plants, especially for its ability to heal tissue and bone.

  • Poultices of Chaparral or Thyme may be used as a hair rinse for scalp irritations. Note: Chaparral is recommended for external use only.

  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Poultices

  • The following herbs can be used in tea or capsule form: Dandelion, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Pau D'Arco, and Red Clover. Alternate them for best results. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than a week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.

  • alder or oak bark


    Weeping dermatitis lesions may be dried and healed by applications of tannins. The bark and leaves of both alder and oak contain these anti-inflammatories, which help to relieve symptoms and ease itching by drying the pus and tightening the skin. Pour 1 cup of water over 1 tablespoon of Alder or Oak bark or leaves, and bring to a boil; steep for 10 minutes. Next, strain and cool the mixture. Dip a cloth in it and place it on the affected areas until symptoms abate.

  • To relieve itching and promote healing, mix Goldenseal root powder with Vitamin E oil, then add a little Honey until it is the consistency of a loose pasted. Apply this mixture to the affected area.

  • Black Seed Oil is an excellent healer, and its areas of application range from external skin care (psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, joints & scalp massage) and to internal use as a treatment for various complaints (asthma, arthritis, immune system). Research shows that Black Seed contains more than 100 components, some of which are still unidentified, that work together synergistically. Suitable natural alternative for all types of allergic and infectious disorders of the respiratory tract, such as asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, hacking cough, and other cold-like symptoms. Black Seed Oil is an excellent healer, and its areas of application range from external skin care (psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, joints & scalp massage) and to internal use as a treatment for various complaints (asthma, arthritis, immune system). Promotes healthy circulation, useful for arthritis and cardiovascular and respiratory support. It also supports digestion and is a natural remedy for ulcers. Garlic is known to lower cholesterol naturally.

  • Gotu Kola contains powerful antioxidants and promotes the formation of lipids and proteins that are essential for healthy skin.

  • Soak a washcloth in Common Mallow (Malva Sylvestris) tea and apply it as a warm compress to the infected area to reduce inflammation.

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract may be used topically as an antiseptic wound cleaner and to treat infections of the skin. Internally, the concentrate is useful as a supportive treatment for a wide variety of ailments.

  • Grapeseed Extract Contains oligomeric proanthocyanadins (OPCs), which reduce inflammation and rid the body of toxins. Grapeseed Extract is a very powerful antioxidant that helps maintain capillary health, and has the ability to neutralize free radicals.

  • Oat Straw may be used topically in a bath to reduce symptoms, especially inflammation and itching.

  • Myrrh Gum works well as a topical in treating rashes, abscesses, boils, hemorrhoids, sores, and wounds.

  • Witch Hazel is a gentle Native-American remedy that provides fast, extra-cool relief from minor cases of itching, rashes, or burns.

  • Olive Leaf extract has healing properties for the skin.

  • Oregon Grape root detoxifies the body and reduces inflammation.

  • Borage herbal skin lotion may be used for treatment of atopic dermatitis, eczema and other dry skin disorders.

  • Wild Pansy (Viola Tricolor) can be used externally to treat bruises and various skin ailments. It is especially good against psoriasis and acne and can be used on eczema and cradle cap in infants.

  • Those with seborrheic dermatitis can benefit from taking Dandelion, Goldenseal, and Red Clover. Caution: Do not take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.

  • White Oak bark tea can be used as a rinse for treating seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp and to stop hair loss.

  • Poke Root is usually used in combination with other herbs to cleanse the lymph. Use externally for skin infections, scabies, eczema, parasites, and other skin problems.

  • Hops root decoction can be used for treating seborrheic dermatitis. This can be made by boiling 2 tablespoons of hops root to a pint of water and applied externally as a hair tonic. An ointment can be made by boiling 2 parts of Jimson weed (datura stramonium) and 1 part Hops, in lard (or another ointment base such as Olive Oil). This is applied to the scalp for relief of skin irritation and itching skin.

  • Avocado oil has a number of uses and may be used as a scalp or skin conditioner or as an emollient. Food grade Avocado Oil is also edible and often used on salads.

  • Black Indian Hemp juice made from the fresh leaves can be applied to the scalp to treat scalp dermatitis.

  • Nettle water is an excellent wash used to clear up irritated skin. Boiling the entire plant in a mixture of water and Apple Cider Vinegar makes a good hair lotion. Combing the hair with expressed Nettle juice is supposed to stimulate hair growth.

  • Make a decoction of an ounce dried Burdock root to a pint and half of water. Boil this down to 1 pint. Take a wine glassful dose 3 to 4 times daily. This decoction has been used as a wash for scaly skin disorders. The use of this remedy must be continue over a relatively long time for it to be effectual.

  • An infusion of fresh Rosemary made with boiling water and allowed to cooled until warm, makes a good final rinse to help clear the scalp.

  • One ounce each of Rosemary and Sage infused for 24 hours in a pint of water makes a pleasant hair tonic that can be used on dandruff. After infusion, strain the liquid and add a teaspoon of powdered Borax.

  • Soak 2 tablespoons Fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning grind into a fine paste. Apply all over scalp and leave for 1/2 hour. Wash with mild shampoo.

  • Using Lime Juice for washing hair is often beneficial.

  • The use of curd kept over 2 to 3 days, Lime Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar and Indian Gooseberry (Amla) juice also helps to disperse dandruff.

  • Boil a handful of Neem leaves in a quart of water. Rinse hair with cooled and filtered solution.

  • Massage your hair with warm Coconut Oil and apply the juice of 2 Lemons, steam your hair and leave on oil for about 2 hours. Shampoo with a mild shampoo. This should be done 2 to 3 times a week.

  • Other herbs that can be used for dandruff treatment are Agave, Butternut, Chamomile, Cleavers, English Elm, Maidenhair Fern, Figwort, Grapevine Root, English Ivy, Olive, Peach tree leaves, Periwinkle, Sage, Sanicle, Soap Bark, Yucca (Soapweed), English Walnut, and Willow.

  • Black Walnut bark contains a chemical that is a natural fungal remedy for conditions like ringworm, jock itch and athletes foot. Black walnut is used to treat acne, thyroid disease, colitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, ringworm, sore throats, tonsillitis, skin irritations, and wounds and is a mild laxative. Black Walnut is also used to treat acne, thyroid disease, colitis and eczema.

  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is chiefly used as an expectorant for chronic bronchitis and as a local application in chronic eczema, specially when secondary to varicose ulcers. Of value in pulmonary consumption, nervous irritation and helpful in lowering high pulse, and in heart disease and weakness and palpitation of heart of great use. The FDA has approved Bloodroot for use in commercially available toothpastes and oral rinses to inhibit the development of dental plaque and gingivitis.

  • Rooibos (African Red Tea) is great for any type of skin, it contains large amounts of Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Zinc for a healthy, smooth skin. African Red Tea Cleansing & Beauty Bar is very rich, long lasting, and has excellent lathering ability. Just read the ingredients and you will know this is the greatest soap you'll ever use. It is especially useful for itching, skin rashes, and eczema. It has been known to totally clear up acne. African Red Tea Face Cream is great for any type of skin, it contains large amounts of Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Zinc for a healthy, smooth skin. Useful for itching, skin rashes, and eczema. It penetrates and nourishes the skin like no other lotion can.


  • A nutrient-rich diet is essential for a healthy scalp and skin. Eat a diet consisting of 50 to 75 percent raw vegetables and fresh fruits, in particular, leafy green vegetables, carrots and salads, and whole grains. Eat soured products such as Yogurt. A diet should be high in Essential Fatty Acids, such as Flaxseed, Fish or Evening Primrose oils which can improve skin.

  • Reduce common food allergens such as wheat, corn, dairy, dairy, sugar, citrus, caffeine, chocolate, tomatoes and potatoes, as well as chemicals, preservatives and flavorings.

  • Supplement important nutrients such as Beta Carotene at 25,000 to 50,000 IU per day and Zinc at 30 to 60 mg per day may help improve dermatitis over time. These nutrients are necessary to form new skin cells and prevent the entry of bacteria, fungi, and pathogens into the cells.

  • Add Brown Rice and Millet to your diet.

  • Avoid fried foods and hydrogenated and animal fats, strawberries, sugar, white flour, chocolate, nuts, and processed food.

  • Do not eat foods containing raw eggs, which contain avidin, a protein that binds biotin and prevents it from being absorbed. Biotin is needed for skin and scalp disorders.

  • Sensitivity to gluten is widespread, although it is often unrecognized. Research has shown that people suffering from virtually all skin disorders do better if they eliminate foods containing gluten and all dairy products from the diet. Try a gluten-restricted (or gluten-free) diet for 6 weeks, then add gluten-containing foods back to the diet one at a time, and see if the condition changes. A gluten-free diet is often of therapeutic benefit in controlling dermatitis. See Celiac Disease for recommended diet.

  • Follow a fasting program once a month.

  • For dermatitis of the scalp, make a strong, concentrated tea of Rosemary, Comfrey, Tea Tree Oil (add the Tea Tree Oil after the tea is made), dried Nettles, and Witch Hazel, and apply it to the scalp after shampooing with a fragrance-free shampoo. Leave it on the scalp for 10 or 15 minutes.

  • Tea Tree Oil destroys bacteria and fungi and prevents germs from penetrating inflamed skin. Add 8 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to 2 to 3 cups of warm water, dip a cloth in it and place the cloth on the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat many times daily.

  • Massage Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Cream into the skin after each contact with water or irritants.

  • Keep the colon clean. Growing evidence supports a link between skin conditions and bowel function. An intestinal ailment may allow incompletely digested compounds, proteins or toxins to be absorbed by the blood, where they can trigger inflammatory reactions. Bacteria, aspirin, medications, and chemicals may disrupt the normal intestinal absorption process and contribute to skin disorders. Thus, treating bowel function can improve dermatitis, even in those without obvious digestive complaints. Employ an intestinal detoxification plan for several months by supplementing Acidophilus, L. Bifidus and Fiber and eating a whole-food diet. Use a fiber supplement such as Flaxseed, Psyllium Husk, Aerobic Bulk Cleanser (ABC) from Aerobic Life Industries daily. Use occasional cleansing enemas for removing toxins for quicker healing. Note: Always take supplemental fiber separately from other supplements and medications.

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  • Try keeping your house humidified and take fewer showers or baths. Showers and baths deplete the skin of its natural oils.

  • Before washing your hair, add about 8 tablespoons of pure organic Peanut Oil to the juice of half a Lemon and rub the mixture into your scalp. Leave the mixture on for 5 to 10 minutes, or longer if your condition is acute, then shampoo.

  • Try rinsing your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar and water instead of plain water after shampooing. Use 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 quart of water.

  • Dermatitis can be due to nutritional deficiencies. It is recommended a person gets adequate amounts of Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Essential Fatty Acids and Selenium in their diet. Selenium is an essential component of glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.

  • Vitamin E has potent antioxidant activity, supplies oxygen to the blood, aids in strengthening capillary walls, and plays a beneficial role in cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, anti-aging benefits, circulation, wound-healing, immune function, nervous system function, PMS, hot flushes, diabetes, vascular disease, eye health, tissue repair, athletic performance, leg cramps, skin and hair health, and alleviating fatigue.

  • Skin and scalp problems may be triggered by a deficiency in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are required to produce every cell in the body. EFAs are not made by the body; instead they must be supplied through your diet. Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Black Currant Oil are all excellent sources and will help relieve inflammation, itching and flaking. Take 1 tablespoon of any of these oils daily.

  • Use a perfume-free moisturizing lotion daily.

  • Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamin B-6 have helped infants with dermatitis.

  • Zinc is highly effective in treating dandruff. Zinc is critical to cell regeneration. Several anti-dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione which seems to be very good at clearing the problem. A Zinc supplement, 15 to 30 mg taken daily is excellent for the skin and hair. When used in conjunction with a zinc based shampoo, the problem of dandruff should be kept at bay.

  • Another supplement being used in skin care is Beta-Carotene, which is also claimed as being extremely beneficial to the hair and scalp. Beta-carotene is essential for healthy skin. It is a antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which help reduce scalp irritation. Take 10,000 IU of beta-carotene daily.

  • Selenium can be found in several shampoo products is highly effective in controlling dandruff. The shampoo should be left on at least five minutes before being thoroughly rinsed. The hair and scalp should be shampooed with this type of shampoo at least once a week. Shampoo containing selenium should not be used on a daily basis, even if it aids in controlling dandruff. The antioxidant selenium aids in controlling a dry, flaking and itching scalp. Take between 200 and 1,000 mcg daily.

  • Certain essential oils are said to help control flaking. After washing your hair, mix a few drops of Rosemary and Lemon essential oils into a little Sweet Almond oil. Massage into your scalp and brush your hair with a soft brush.

  • Peppermint essential oil is often an effective remedy for dry, flaky or itchy skin. When diluted. peppermint oil can be applied to the skin every 2 hours.

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    To make an effective herbal rinse that alleviates flaking, combine a handful each of dried Calendula tops, dried Rosemary and dried Nettle tops. Place the mixture in a 2 quart glass jar and cover with 1 quart of organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Let the rinse steep for 1 month; then strain. To improve the scent, add a few drops of an essential oil, such as Rose or Lavender. Apply the rinse to your scalp after shampooing and leave it in. If you find the rinse too strong, dilute it by mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons of rinse in 1 cup of water.

  • Boric Acid is a very old remedy for treating dandruff, and is freely available at any drug store or pharmacy. Moisten with a little water and rub well into the scalp, then rinse out thoroughly with warm water. This should be carried out just before you shampoo your hair in the normal way.

  • Colloidal Silver solution can be used as a scalp rinse. Colloidal Silver is effective for minor skin irritations, rashes, hives, insect bites, sores, burns, inflammation, skin swelling and dry, itchy, cracked skin.

  • Mineral Clay absorbs bacteria and dead skin cells. Mineral clay stems inflammatory skin reactions. Mix French, betonite or other clay powder with water to form a paste. Stir the clay with warm water until a paste forms and apply the paste to the skin in a 1/8 inch-thick layer. Clay should only be placed directly on the skin when it is unbroken without fissures or rawness. Leave on for 30 minutes; then rinse thoroughly with warm water. A poultice is made by dipping a cloth in the clay-water mixture and placing it on the skin until dry. Mineral clay is readily available at health food stores and online. (see link above)

  • If antibiotics are prescribed, take extra B-Complex vitamins. Also take an Acidophilus supplement to replace the "friendly" bacteria that are destroyed by antibiotics.

  • Do not pick or scratch the skin or scalp. Make sure to wash your hair frequently, and use a non-oily shampoo. Use natural hair products that do not contain chemicals. Avoid using irritating soaps and greasy ointments and creams. Over-the-counter ointments can do more harm than good.

  • If dermatitis is persistent or symptoms seem to be getting worse, consult with your health care provider. A dermatologist may possibly prescribe lotions that cleanse and dry with Sulfur and resorcin or Deprosone cream.

  • MSM methylsulfonylmethane, a form of sulfur, which may be helpful in treating skin disorders including acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, diaper rash, and certain fungal infections.MSM helps moisturize the scalp and hair. Great for itchy scalp, dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis. MSM is a special biological sulfur needed by the body to maintain beautiful, strong and healthy hair.


    A dry and flaky skin and scalp can simply be the result of not drinking enough water. Getting a minimum of 10 glasses of pure water daily will moisten the skin and may also treat dandruff. Coffee, tea, juice and sodas do not count as water and may be, in fact, quite dehydrating.

  • Pure Lanolin Oil (Liquid Lanolin) is a very high quality thick liquid and may be thinned with, Olive Oil, Emu Oil or Cocoa Butter. Pure lanolin oil can be used like petroleum jelly on chapped skin and as a moisturizer. Pure Emu Oil is a natural skin softener and protector. Emu Oil supports skin hydration and elasticity and improves skin surface blood flow and healing.


    Consult your homeopath for dosage recommendation.

  • Rhus Toxicodendron: For tiny, itchy blisters or burning, red and swollen skin that becomes scaly.
  • Graphite: For rough, dry skin that has raw cracks and for skin with fissures that exude a sticky fluid.
  • Sulphur: For dry, scaly or itchy skin and slow-healing wounds. Homeopathic Sulfur is useful for skin disease, eczema and acne.
  • Apis: For sensitive, sore or itchy skin.

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    Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended in this section are for adults. For a child between the ages of 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under the age of 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

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    Bee Pollen
    As directed on label. Has antioxidant properties that can aid in healing. Caution: Do not use if you are allergic to pollen or bee stings.

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  • Betaine HCl
    As directed on label. A form of hydrochloric acid. People with dermatitis often have low levels of hydrochloric acid. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you suffer from stomach acidity.

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  • Beta-1,3-D-Glucan
    As directed on label. Can stimulate immune cells to digest cellular debris. Can attack organisms that do not belong on the body including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

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  • Colloidal Silver
    As directed on label. A powerful antibiotic that has been shown to be effective in fighting many skin rashes.

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  • Pycnogenol
    Grapeseed Extract
    As directed on label. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that protect against UV-induced oxidative changes in skin. Grapeseed Extract has antioxidant properties that can aid in healing.

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  • MSM
    As directed on label. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) helps to reduce inflammation and contains a natural analgesic.

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  • Vitamin B Complex
    50 to 100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily, with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). B vitamins are needed for healthy skin and hair. Aids in reproduction of all cells. Use a high-stress formula, yeast free formula. Sublingual form is recommended.

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    Vitamin B-3
    (Niacin / Niacinamide)
    As directed on label. Important for proper circulation and healthy skin. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Niacinamide is safer at higher dosages without the side effects often associated with Niacin.

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  • Vitamin B-5
    (Pantothenic Acid / Panthenol)
    As directed on label. Improves the health of the skin.

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  • Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-6
    50 mg 3 times daily. Deficiency has been linked to skin disorders.

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    Vitamin B-12
    1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily. Aids in cell formation and cellular longevity. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.

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  • Biotin
    300 mg daily. Deficiency has been linked to dermatitis.

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  • Important
    200 mcg daily. An important antioxidant to aid in controlling dry skin.

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  • Essential Fatty Acids
    As directed on label. Relieves itching, pain, and inflammation, essential for healthy skin. Promotes lubrication of the skin.

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  • Kelp
    1,000 mg daily or as directed on label. Contains Iodine and other minerals needed for tissue repair and healing.

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  • Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids
    As directed on label. Inhibits inflammation and stabilizes cell membranes. An important antioxidant to prevent tissue damage to the skin and to aid in healing and improve health of skin.

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  • Vitamin E
    As directed on label. For improved circulation, relieves itching and dryness and improve health of skin. Use D-Alpha-Tocopherol form.

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  • Zinc
    100 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Aids healing and enhances immune function. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.

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    Aller Bee-Gone
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    As directed on label. For allergic dermatitis. A combination of herbs, enzymes, and nutrients designed to fight allergic flare-ups.

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    Flaxseed Oil
    As directed on label. Contains omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which help the skin retain its moisture and suppleness.

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  • Coenzyme Q-10
    As directed on label. Removes toxins from the body, boosts the immune system, improves overall physical and mental processes.

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  • Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10.

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  • Free-Form Amino Acid Complex
    As directed on label. Take on empty stomach. To supply protein, important for the construction and repair of all tissues. Use a formula containing both essential and non-essential amino acids.

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  • Herpanacine
    As directed on label. Contains antioxidants, amino acids, and herbs that promote overall skin health.

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  • Kyo-Dophilus
    As directed on label. Contains acidophilus and aged garlic extract, both beneficial in treating fungal disease.

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  • Kyolic EPA
    As directed on label. Restores fatty acid balance. Repairs tissue and aids in healing.

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  • Vitamin A
    As directed on label. Caution: If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for smooth skin. Aids in preventing dryness and to improved the health of the skin.

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  • Beta Carotene & Natural Carotenoid Complex
    25,000 IU daily. An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A.

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  • Vitamin D-3
    400 to 1,000 IU daily. Aids in healing of tissues.

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  • If your symptoms increase in severity, or you develop skin rashes, irritation, sores, and/or scabs on your skin and/or scalp.
  • If your symptoms are not relieved after treatment. You may need to try another dermatitis therapy method or be examined for an underlying disorder requiring proper diagnosis and treatment.


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    Dill Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Fennel Oil
    Fir Needle Oil
    Frankincense Oil
    Geranium Oil
    German Chamomile Oil
    Ginger Oil
    Grapefruit Oil
    Helichrysum Oil
    Hyssop Oil
    Iris-Root Oil
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