CONTACT DERMATITIS- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Contact dermatitis is a skin disease causing inflammation of the skin with itching caused by contact with a substance. It is also called ‘contact eczema’.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • CAUSES OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • DIAGNOSIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • TREATMENTS FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • PROGNOSIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • COMPLICATIONS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • CONTACT DERMATITIS AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • YOGA FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS
  • RESEARCH PAPERS ON AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Itching skin lesions
  • Small raised bumps
  • Peeling of skin
  • Dry skin
  • Redness  
  • Rashes

CAUSES OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

Exposure to irritants likes;

  • Dust
  • Detergents
  • Pesticides
  • Certain plants
  • Contact with alcohol

Symptoms are triggered by;

  • Allergies
  • Other Skin diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Dry skin
  • Emotional stress
  • Genetic predisposition

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

Due to the above-mentioned causes along with skin barrier dysfunction, touching irritants produce symptoms of skin allergy. This is a T cell-mediated immune response. There is inflammation of the skin that occurs along with other symptoms. Emotional stress is also contributed to the aggravation of symptoms.

DIAGNOSIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  1. EXAMINATIONS
  • Inspection of the skin lesions
  • INVESTIGATIONS
  • Laboratory tests – to detect the antibodies produced by the immune system

TREATMENTS FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Corticosteroids, either in pill or topical form
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Medicines for itching
  • Antihistamines
  • Symptomatic treatments are more effective

PROGNOSIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Prognosis is based on the stage of dermatitis, duration  and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Permanent damage to skin tissue
  • Cellulitis
  • Bacterial or fungal infections

CONTACT DERMATITIS AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,contact dermatitis is fall under vicharchika.
  • According to Ayurveda, twakrogas are known by the general term Kushta. Vicharchika is one of the types of Kshudra Kushta. General medicines used for the treatment of skin diseases (kushta) are effective in contact dermatitis.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Excess consumption of unctuous food
  • Vitiation of dosha and dhatus

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Reddish skin lesions

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

 In the pathogenesis of Vicharchika, tridoṣas (vāta, pitta and kapha) are involved with the predominance of pittaand kapha.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Sotha – inflammation
  • Kleda – oozing
  • kandu  – itching
  • srava – discharge
  • Pidaka – vesicles
  • Shyava varna – discolouration

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Sadhya – curable

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

Ayurvedic local treatment for contact dermatitis

  • Local application of concentrated Pañcavalkala Kvātha [decoction of the barks of five herbs, namely Ficus benghalensis Linn. (Vaṭa), Ficus glomerata Roxb. (Udumbara), Ficus religiosa Linn. (Aśvattha), Thespesia populnea Soland. ex Correa. (Pāriśa) and Ficus lecor Buch. Ham. (Plakṣa)] 
  • Nalpamaradi taila
  • Lodrasevyadi kashaya seka

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Patolamooladi kashaya
  • Punarnavasava
  • Punarnavadi kashaya
  • Arogyavardhini Rasa 
  • Gandhaka Rasāyana
  • Panchatikta ghrita
  • Patolakaturohinyadi kashaya

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Vamana- emesis
  • Virechana – purgation

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

Internal administration

HOME REMEDIES FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Intake of Indian gooseberry – cools the body
  • Using wet compresses
  • Using anti-itch creams

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Avoid food items that produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Avoid exposure to dust, smoke, sunlight
  • Avoid scratching

YOGA FOR CONTACT DERMATITIS

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and gets relief from irritations related to contact dermatitis

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, and the body relaxed. The patient has to close one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.                             

RESEARCH PAPERS ON AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF CONTACT DERMATITIS

  1. Studies on some recommended ayurvedic herbs for contact dermatitis

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224898069_Studies_on_some_recommended_ayurvedic_herbs_for_contact_dermatitis

2.     Ayurvedic management of vata-kafaj kushta w.s.r. contact allergic dermatitis- a case study

https://www.granthaalayahpublication.org/journals/index.php/granthaalayah/article/view/IJRG17_A07_529

  • Ayurvedic management of vicharchika with special reference to eczema: A case report

https://www.ijournalhs.org/article.asp?issn=2542-6214;year=2018;volume=11;issue=1;spage=92;epage=96;aulast=Savalagimath

  • Role of Rasayana in Cure and Prevention of Recurrence of Vicharchika (eczema)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215319/

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