Dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) is characterized by dry, flaky skin on the scalp. Several natural treatments are available to treat and prevent flaking. Insect bites and stings can cause pain, itching, inflammation and sometimes allergic reactions; you can do several things to address theses issues naturally. You should always see a doctor if you suspect you are having an allergic reaction to a insect bite or sting.
Treating Bug Bites Naturally
If your bite is causing itching and irritation, you might want to use a topical treatment to ease the discomfort. Certain herbs, when applied topically, can be a good substitute for conventional treatments like hydrocortisone cream; they include lemon balm, stinging nettle, tea tree oil, witch hazel, calendula and plantain. Check with your doctor before using any natural treatments and discontinue use if you notice any negative reactions.
If you are looking for natural repellents, the following oils, when applied to the skin, might protect against bites; they include eucalyptus, clove, citronella and neem. Do not apply the oil directly to the skin without diluting it first with a carrier oil like almond, grape seed, sesame or another type of oil.
If you experience an allergic reaction to the bite or sting, certain natural supplements can ease the symptoms of the reaction. You should not attempt to treat an allergic reaction on your own; seek medical care. These treatments are complementary and are not appropriate on their own. Consult with an experienced practitioner to determine if these treatments are appropriate for you; she can offer guidance on proper use. Quercetin (400 to 500 mg daily) can ease the severity of allergic reactions. Vitamin C strengthens immunity and can reinforce the action of quercetin; the suggested dose is 1,000 mg two to six times daily. Zinc (30 mg daily) might ease the stomach problems that accompany allergic reactions.
The following homeopathic remedies might be of benefit as well; take as directed on the product label. They include apis mellifica, hypericum, ledum, staphysagria and urtica urens. Working with a professional homeopath is the best way to determine the most appropriate remedies for you.
Treating Dandruff Naturally
Use a tar shampoo every day or every other day until the flakes clear; afterward, use twice a week. You can also use a shampoo containing tea tree oil. They are appropriate for daily use.
The following supplements can retain moisture in your hair and reduce the formation of flakes; they include evening primrose oil (500 mg twice a day), black currant oil (500 mg twice a day) and omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil (1.8 g daily of daily).
If your dandruff is linked to eczema, you can do several things to reduce the incidence of flare-ups. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Limit your intake of inflammation causing foods like saturated fats found in animal products, fried foods, white flour foods and sugar. Consider getting tested for food allergies and sensitivities to be sure you are not eating foods that are interfering with proper immune function and worsening your condition. Manage stress by practicing relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation. The above supplements are also beneficial for eczema as they also have anti-inflammatory properties.