Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

A number of natural options have been studied as possible treatments for dermatitis, including:

  • Probiotics. Some research has shown that certain strains of lactobacillus may improve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis in children younger than 13. Further studies are needed to establish its benefits for a broader age range.
  • Rice bran. Topical application of rice bran broth seems to help reduce atopic dermatitis.
  • Bovine cartilage. Applying a cream that has 5 percent bovine cartilage seems to help contact dermatitis caused by poison ivy.
Jun. 29, 2013