Can Aloe Vera cure, help, treat or prevent Dermatitis?
The following information is for humans with Dermatitis
Introduction to Dermatitis
Dermatitis is when the skin becomes red, itchy, inflammed, blistered or swollen. This is usually caused by an allergic reaction to something it has come into contact with.
One of the most common types of dermatitis is Eczema.
For more information on Dermatitis see the Wikipedia page on Dermatitis
Using Aloe Vera for Dermatitis
If using a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera cut the leaf open but do not remove the skin. Apply the leaf, gel side down, onto the affected area of skin and bandage in place. Replace regularly (at least every 24 hours).
If using a cream choose one where Aloe Vera is the first ingredient. Massage the cream onto the affected skin. Repeat several times a day to accelerate healing and stop itching.
Where the skin has broken flush the wound with Aloe Vera gel or a mix of Aloe Vera gel and water to remove any dirt.
In the long term try to identify what caused the reaction.
How long will it take for Aloe Vera to work with Dermatitis?
Aloe Vera has well known anti-inflammatory properties so it will help reduce the swelling and stop the itching immediately. If it does not you are either using an immature leaf, the wrong type of Aloe or a poor quality cream.
If the skin has broken the anti-bacterial properties of Aloe will stop any secondary infections which may prevent or slow healing.
Aloe vera also accelerates the rate at which cells in the skins tissue divide and so healing of any cuts should be faster.
Articles and Studies about Aloe Vera and Dermatitis
Roentgen Dermatitis Treated with Fresh Whole Leaf of Aloe Vera
American Journal of Roentgenology. 1935. 33, pp. 396-397.
Collins, C.E. and Collins, C.