Coconut oil for atopic dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis Natural Remedies

Skin diseases come in many forms. Atopic Dermatitis is kind of eczema which is a chronic form of skin rash that has shown hereditary roots in most cases.

It stems from Asthma and allergies like hay fever. Symptoms of Atopic dermatitis include skin rashes and itching causing redness, crusting, scaling, swelling cracking and even wound weeping.

Therefore, Atopic Dermatitis treatment requires a long term management of the disease rather than a one off remedy. usually there is no need of an emergency therapy, even if there is an acute flare up of atopic dermatitis, though it should be handled with priority to stop getting it worst.

Atopic dermatitis is one of those conditions whose mystery has not yet been solved. It is still not very clearly understood as to what really causes atopic dermatitis. However, there are significant researched evidence that indicate that heredity is one of the key causes.


Other causes include environment and weaker immune system. It usually runs in families and mostly affects infants and children.

Though it is usually a children's condition, it can appear and disappear during elder ages and can last longer. There is not much you can do about it. It just needs to be managed in that case.

But, there is another case when you can do a lot to prevent it. You can prevent it from flaring it up when the immunity is lower. Take precautions by getting rid of allergens like dander, pollens, food items and stresses which may affect the weak immune system.

Two Simple Ways to Manage Atopic Dermatitis

In addition to stay away allergens, you can do a lot more to avoid getting Atopic dermatitis.

1. Drink Enough Water

The first and foremost precautions you can take is to ensure that your skin is never dry. This means drink a lot of water. Never get dehydrated. Drinking enough water remain fully hydrated all the time is a very good habit. It can protect you from so many diseases and conditions.

So develop the habit of drinking water every hour. Don't worry if you have to frequently visit the toilets to empty your bladder. it will flush out lots of toxins regularly. It will improve your immunity and that is what you need to avoid further flare ups of Atopic Dermatitis.


2. Moisturize your Skin

Even if you have taken all the precautions, but your immunity is low so it may flare up. The next step is to treat it. Then it requires treatment of the symptoms by using moisturizing creams etc. to reduce dryness and itching.

Use emulsified fats to apply on the affected area for the best results. The oil in the emulsified fat retains the moisture of water for longer periods. So take a pinch of any moisturizing cream and add a few drops of water and mix it well. The cream will get emulsified. Apply it on the affected area.

You can use coconut oil instead of a cream to make an emulsion. Virgin coconut oil has no chemicals added, so it becomes the best natural remedy for Atopic Dermatitis.

Finally the treatment by medicine may also be required. If the eczema worsens then your doctor may suggest to use topical steroids and a new class of medications called topical calcineurin inhibitors, such as Elidel® and Protopic®. Of course they have side effects but at that time choices for safe treatment of Atopic Dermatitis is really limited.

While occasional visits to the dermatologist may be required, it is the self-management and monitoring of the condition that produces the best results.

  • Keep the skin hydrated all the time
  • Use natural Moisturizers to ensure that the skin doesn’t get dry.
  • Avoid getting sunburns.

Don't forget that it is the prevention and the management of Atopic dermatitis is very important as you may not be able to prevent it completely, particularly if it is in your genes. Manage it with natural methods to avoid more complications created by the synthetic chemicals based cosmetics and medicines as far as possible.