Home Remedy For Contact Dermatitis

I don't even know if I spelled it right but I have had "contact dermatitious" for over 2 years from wearing wrist braces. I no longer wear them but when I get stressed or am working too hard my hands become very itchy and painful to the point of open sores. The Dr.s have prescribed ointments that never seem to work. Any home remedy suggestions would be appreciated?


Karaof4 from Minnesota

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December 31, 20040 found this helpful

Have you tried fragrance free products? Changed your dishsoap??

I use a fragrance free hand soap, fragrance free lotion and had to try just about every dishsoap before I found a few that didn't cause a problem. Even my hubby gets blistering rashes on his hands from "mild" and "gentle" products and he's had to experiment. Keep a diary of the products you use.

Remember that "unscented" products may still contain a masking fragrance. "Fragrance Free" products are to have zero fragrance added.

It might not have been the braces that did it, but the fact that they "closed over" the chemical residue and heated things up until it caused a problem.


I tried a "hypoallergenic" body wash on my arm once. I had blisters under my watch band. The trapped heat intensified my reaction to the body wash.

All the prescription creams in the world won't help until you find the irritant and eliminate it.

good luck

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By thegratewun (Guest Post)
January 1, 20050 found this helpful

This will help to soothe it greatly.

Take some vegetable oil or sunflower oil, mix enough granulated sugar to make a kind of loose paste, apply to hands and just sit for a few minutes.

When you wash it off, on a rag or something, you will find you hands super smooth and super soothed.
Good luck.

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January 1, 20050 found this helpful

It's not a home-made remedy, but it's worth a try. It's called Butt Paste and comes in a tube like diaper ointment.


It is really good for all kinds of skin conditions. Not all stores have it, locally the Walgreen's does.

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By Darlene (Guest Post)
January 1, 20050 found this helpful

You may want to try making a baking soda paste. The baking soda will help with the itch. Just mix cool water with the baking soda. Once on, put on a pair of white gloves so that it doesn't get rubbed off. I used to do this at night so that my hands would have the paste on longer.

I also agree with beanygurl who is suggesting you use fragrant free soaps. This includes laundry soap. You can get it at any supermarket. Also, get the scent free fabric softener sheets.

Some people I know who have contact dermatitis use Baby Soap or Ivory.

All you can do is try the different things and go from there when you find out which works best for you.


I hope you figure out something soon.

Happy New Year

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By Margaret (Guest Post)
January 1, 20050 found this helpful

Mix equal amounts of honey and cinnamon powder and apply to affected area.

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By Lady Claire. (Guest Post)
January 1, 20050 found this helpful

I am bothered by the same thing mostly on my hands and feet, but especially when my hands touch carbonless paper, newsprint, and dust. After using many prescriptions from dermatalogists for eczema and psoriasis, I have found that the bottled sanitizers, like Purell, have helped more than anything. When I start to itch, I put some of it on and lightly scratch the area so the sanitizer gets into the source of the itching. If I don't use something, then I will itch and itch until I have opened up the skin. I have also found that it is worse when I am stressed. I think we produce a product (cortisol) and I wonder how much it has to do with it.


I appreciate the good suggestions others have listed here. It's a comfort to know there are other things to try.

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By Life Long Sensitive Skin (Guest Post)
June 25, 20050 found this helpful

Coat the inside of watchbands and some bracelets with 2+ coats of clear nail polish. Make sure each coat is completely dry before applying next. If it's a frequently worn item recoat every 3-7 months or as needed.

Use an oatmeal soap like Aveeno or Cetaphil products http://www.cetaphil.com/ which my dermatologist got me hooked on. Most drug stores carry them, and walmart store brand version of cetaphil works fine too. I have extremely dry sensitive skin, and eczema and cetaphil has helped more than prescrition stuff. For extra dry skin use their cream (lotion if more normal).


Glycerin soaps (unscented if possible) are good if your skin is extremely dry. For any other skin types Unscented Dove is awesome.
ALL Free and Clear laundry detergent, and unscented dryer sheets made a huge difference for me as well.

Also, anti-itch spray gels (band-aid brand or benadryl) which have topical painkillers are good for immediate relief. They work better for me than creamy stuff like lanacaine.

Also, almost any remedy to ease discomfort for chicken pox or poison ivy helps.

Also, avoid synthetics. White cotten is best for contact dermatitus and can actually feel soothing against it, as long as its not constrictive. If you have to wear something else, try linen or silk.

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By Jim Chandler (Guest Post)
February 11, 20060 found this helpful

When my brother and I were kids, we used to get things like ring-worms and skin rashes from poison ivy and poison oak. My Dad would find a acorn tree
and get a few green acorns, cut them open and apply the green juice from the acorn onto the affected area, and within a couple of days, the rash or ring-worm would be dried up and gone. We had this treatment all of our childhoods....

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By Kristina (Guest Post)
January 11, 20070 found this helpful

Girl... I have the SAME PROBLEM. But my problem is MUCH MUCH worse... I have a rash all over my body.. you name a part of my body.. and its there... this has happened to me before about 2 years ago and I tried EVERYTHING but nothing the doctors gave me worked and nothing i bought worked.. and I mean nothing. Creams.. pills.. aveeno.. nothing. I get my reaction from fake jewelry and belts and all that good stuff. Its especially bad on my stomach. I was looking for some kind of home remedy to help what I have and I stumbled accross your entry..
I read all of the answers to your questions and Im going to try some of those things.. it makes me MISERABLE! It itches and burns and I cant stop scratching.. then it scabs over and it is so embarrassing. Im 16 and I am in high school so you can only imagine what kind of feedback I get from kids at my school. Its horrifying. I hope you figured out some way to get rid of it... because i cant.

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By erika (Guest Post)
March 29, 20070 found this helpful

try acv ( apple cider vinegar) it will do the wonder believed it or not.....after 3 days using it i see the progress then i do mixing the acv w/ lemon juice it really helps the other blemishes on my face ...hope this one can help u try it.....now I'm a happy one woman i luv acv & lemon,honey...... after putting acv,lemon for 3x a day put a honey so it wont dry your face and if u would like after honey put some moisturizer it will really help ....try it ..tnx...

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March 29, 20070 found this helpful

Contact dermatitis is from when you have an allergic reaction to something you have come in contact with...What are you allergic to in the wristband? If it is the leather, switch to nylon, for ex. - I can only wear silver or stainless steel or gold - otherwise I get rashes from the nickel which is mostly used. When I can - if I want to wear a nickel piece - I take clear surgical tape and put it on the inside where there would be skin contact. (As in the contact points of my earrings.) I can't use nail polish, as I am allergic to that, too.

When my skin is very irritated, I use cold tea on it - or Calendula gel from the health food store. Some of you sound like you have more than dermatitis.

One problem is that many preparations that dry out the irritation create a dry counter - irritation that the doctors never tell you to treat - and the cycle of irritated skin starts all over again. You have to treat healing irritated skin very gently and lubricate it with a very mild moisturizer/oil. Try vegetable oil - & use cold tea compresses. Use very mild non-scented soap (never harsh deodorant soaps!) If you have to wear the brace, you might consider putting cotton gauze between the brace & your skin. Or using mild powder to eliminate sweating, which may be making it all worse. My husband has skin irritation from time to time, & he heals them up with the new Liquid Bandage they have now. Hope this helps.

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By lisa byers (Guest Post)
April 24, 20080 found this helpful

Stop using products contaiing- sodium lauryl sulfate- this is in toothpastes, barsoaps. Pretty much anything that foams up. I changed toothpastes (jasons-organic type) this contains no SLS. Within 2 days I noticed a change for the better.

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By sarah irons (Guest Post)
May 5, 20080 found this helpful

Cold tea works like a charm use it!

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By anna (Guest Post)
August 7, 20080 found this helpful

I can't use hair spray. Is there one out there that you could recommend? I am using a spray from the health food store but it makes me itch also, just not as bad.

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

I'm glad to see I'm not the only person with a sensitivity to dust and newsprint. My fingers have some very very dry, cracked areas. The irritation comes and goes. When things are really cracking, Gold Bond ointment and bandaids are the only things that really help my hands.

Knowing how dust irritates my hands, I still did some cleaning over the weekend in a very dusty area. I thought, maybe I should put gloves on. Nah, I'll just wash my hands good when I'm done, put on some good lotion.

Sure. That night my hands were so painful I was going crazy. I put the ointment on the worst cracks, covered them with bandaids, and took some allergy medicine. They did feel a little better in the morning, but I still have some really really dry skin.

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

Besides my points from earlier feedback (see below) I find that if I wash my hands (or rinse) after touching irritant & re-apply hand lotion, I will avoid some irritation. My hands are very dry - so I always have lotion at hand to lubricate them throughout the day.

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April 10, 20130 found this helpful

My hands used to be red raw, split, nails were all ridged and brittle an absolute nightmare! I couldnt touch anything without a reaction. I tried all the medical stuff, natural remedies some helped but not much. I got a juicer for Xmas last year and thought I'd be good and juice up fruit, veggies, ginger etc morn and nite just for general health. Well... I'm sitting here typing this with my bright red (smooth) painted nails and cured hands! Worth a shot.

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