Dermatitis - Chinese Medicine

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Contact Dermatitis - Irritant Dermatitis

- Reaction to substance which contacted skin
Primarily caused by coming into contact with a chemical irritant which causes a reaction from redness to extreme swelling and formation of vesicular eruptions. Usually the dermatitis is localized to the area exposed to the irritant but can also show whole body symptoms such as hives, whole body puffiness, redness, fevers and headaches. The reaction can occur immediately or up to 10 days post exposure.

Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Contact Dermatitis:
Toxic Heat with Accumulation Of Dampness
Headache, fever, irritable, palpitations, red-burning eruptions with watery blisters and ending in scabs. The whole course usually takes place within 2 weeks
Hua Ban Jie Du Tang
Wind Heat - no blisters, more whole body symptoms of puffiness, swelling, hot skin,
Xiao Feng San Xu Fen Qing Re Tang Meng Bean Drink, Yi Yi Ren
Qing Dai Cream Corn stalk leaf juice



Drug Toxicity Dermatitis
Any herb or pharmaceutical drug which causes an acute skin inflammation. The toxicity may stay incubated within the body for up to 20 days before rising to the surface. They will give rise to a measle like rash with burning, itching and possible liver, kidney or heart damage and/or pain.

Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Drug Toxicity Dermatitis:

Blood Heat - skin red, red eruptions, most eruptions appear on abdomen
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang
Toxic Heat - whole body red, red eruptions, large pieces of peeling skin (like sun burn)
Qing Ying Tang
Qing Wen Bai Du Yin
Wind Heat - Histamine like, whole body puffiness and swelling
Xiao Feng Qing Re Yin
Blood Stasis - dark purple skin with blisters
Tong Qiao Huo Xue Tang
Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang + blood movers.
Low Jiao Damp Heat - eruptions on lower body
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Dao Chi San
Qing Dai Powder
Di Yu, Huang Bai, Ma Chi Xian herbal bath



Neural Dermatitis - Niu Pi

- Related Closely With Psoriasis
Thick flaking, itching skin usually found around the neck but can also appears else where (thigh, sacrum, cubital crease). Most commonly appears in people from the ages of 20-40 years of age. It usually begins with gradual itching of a flat surface area of skin which gradually swells and grows bigger with a clear edge. The eruptions can usually be linked to stress and are commonly aggravated at night.

Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Neural Dermatitis:
Wind Damp Heat - slight fluid discharge with healing scabs, usually acute condition
Xiao Feng San
Blood Deficiency With Wind Dryness - dry thick flaking skin, chronic condition
Dang Gui Yin Zi
Si Wu Xiao Feng San
Zhen Zhu Mu, Dai Zhi Shi, Mu LI, Ye Jiao Teng, Wu Wei Zi + with stress
Da Huang, Huang Lian, Huang Bai = triple yellow application
Western Medicine - cortisol cream



Seborrheic Dermatitis
Inflammatory scaling disease of the scalp, face and occasionally other areas of the body. This disorder usually effects areas with a high density of large oil glands due to pityrosporum yeasts that breaks oil products down creating inflammation. The skin becomes increasingly oily and itchy and scabs will form during the healing process. 3 types - dry - oily - infant

Chinese Medicine Treatment Of Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Damp Heat - Yin Chen Hao Tang
Wind Heat and Blood Dryness - Dang Gui Yin Zi + blood tonics
-Ce Bai Ye Tang -Oatmeal application
-Avoid stimulants (sweet, pungent, alcohol, caffeine)
-try to keep regular Bowel Movements







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