Dermatitis is a very common problem that affects many millions of people. There are numerous causes for this irritating problem, many of which are easily treated by simple and natural remedies. Dermatitis is normally characterized by itching and a minor rash, but at its worst it can present very bad itching with a severe rash that look almost blistered. At times, this condition can be very disruptive of your daily life and sleeping habits.

Causes of dermatitis can include those based on food. Allergies or sensitivities to foods such as wheat gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts, colorings, preservatives and artificial sweeteners are usually overlooked, but may be exactly what’s causing an outbreak. You can be tested for many of these things by a doctor, but some may require a simple process of elimination. If you tend to have problems after eating a certain thing, remove it from your diet for 2 weeks, and see if the problem persists. If you have more problems after you begin eating it again, you’ve found your culprit.

Many people, even though they don’t know it, are also sensitive to chemicals that come into contact with their skin. Seeming harmless things like laundry detergents, household cleaners and bath soaps can cause significant irritation to the skin with their fragrances and dyes. Some people are even sensitive to the dyes in clothing. Fortunately, there are alternatives on the market. You can find all sorts of detergents, cleaners and soaps that contain no chemical dyes or fragrances, as well as clothing made from un-dyed, organic materials. On the topic of chemical sensitivities, some people also have trouble with gold, silver, nickel, rubber and latex.

A particular offshoot of chemical sensitivities may come from the use of cosmetics, lotions, creams, perfumes and deodorants. Most of these things contain many bizarre ingredients that can cause a lot of irritation on the skin. However, due to the increasing push for natural products, alternatives have become available. You can now find organic, mineral based makeups, as well as herbal deodorants and lotions.

One of the things that nobody ever connects their dermatitis to is sugar. High and regular intake of sugar is the cause of a fungal infection called Candida. When this occurs, you will usually suffer relentless itching and a painful red rash under body folds like under your arms, breasts and between the legs- generally in any warm, moist places. If you have this problem, the only option is to stop eating sugar immediately.