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