Seawater dermatitis: natural remedies

Seawater dermatitis: what it is and natural remedies

There are many who, when summer has arrived and the long-awaited holidays have arrived, decide to spend a relaxing period in a town of big. Between suntan and games on beach, the classic dive never fails: yet, for some, the contact with thewater marina can have annoying, generically defined consequences seawater dermatitis.

What are the characteristics of this phenomenon, when does it occur and what are the natural remedies useful to reduce its symptoms? Of course, it is worth pointing out that skin disorders should always be screened for by doctor carer: the latter, if he deems it necessary, may request a consultation from the dermatologist specialist.

Skin manifestations, from redness to itching, should never be underestimated, as they could be a symptom of a deeper malaise. Consequently, the information below is of a purely generic nature.

Seawater dermatitis: what is it?

Seawater dermatitis is a generic, and often popularly used, definition to describe some skin manifestations resulting from contact with sea water.

It is the opposite, for example, of several cases of atopic dermatitis, which instead tends to improve once the skin is placed in contact with sea water. Before proceeding to the bath, however, a consultation with the attending physician or dermatologist is recommended.


I symptoms they can be the most varied, as well as of very different intensity, and they can include the redness, the itch, the appearance of bolle o pustules, peeling. Tingling in the extremities may also occur, more or less widespread in other areas of the body.


As already mentioned, the definition is completely generic, because there could be many causes that determine the phenomenon. For this it is always necessary to seek the opinion of the doctor or the dermatologist, the only subjects able to make a precise diagnosis and propose the most appropriate treatment.

The first reason for water dermatitis, often the most widespread, is a simple one hypersensitivity of the skin: the delicate skin, in contact with the high concentrations of salt, may present redness, folds or dehydration. In this case, the phenomenon often has a spontaneous regression after a short time from the end of the exposure.

Aquagenic urticaria

However, there are deeper reasons, and never to be underestimated, that could explain skin disorders. The first could be that ofaquagenic urticaria, which is a skin reaction that occurs with prolonged exposure to any type of water, with symptoms very similar to the common urticaria.

There is severe itching, often associated with the sensation of being pricked, and the skin shows conspicuous redness. It can occur not only at the sea, but also in the pool or in the shower. The origin of the problem lies in the hypersensitivity to some substances present in the liquid, such as for example chlorine e fluoro.

In severe cases, even the same sweating or rainwater can cause hyperimmune reactions from aquagenic urticaria. It is good to never underestimate any symptoms, even if mild, but promptly notify your doctor.

Swimming sea water bath
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Swimmer’s dermatitis

The swimmer’s dermatitis – also known as the bather – is instead caused by the contact between the skin of the individual and the not yet mature larvae (known as cercariae) of some parasites present in the sea, whose name is schistosomes. The latter can also be found in lakes, rivers and ponds.

These parasites they can cause inflammation, red or bloody blisters, itching and, in severe cases, even fever. In the presence of the following symptoms, promptly alert the doctor or possibly report it during the visit to the nearest emergency room, so as to carry out the appropriate diagnostic investigations.

Seawater urticaria, what to do

These two ailments require specific treatment, give him antihistamines the possible use of antibiotics, and are therefore the exclusive competence of the specialist.

It should also be remembered that summer is not threatened only byseawater urticaria, various problems affecting the skin can also be caused by a close encounter with some marine inhabitants: just think of the painful contact with jellyfish.

Natural remedies for seawater dermatitis

Aloe vera against seawater dermatitis

As highlighted in the previous paragraph, it is always recommended and necessary to contact your doctor before starting any treatment. This is to understand the origin of the skin manifestation and verify the possible presence of parasites or infections, in which case it will be necessary to act in a different and more targeted way.

Once the specialist has been contacted, the instructions received must be followed, since i natural remedies they are not valid substitutes in this case.

If, however, it is a question of transient redness or itching, and good reassurances have been received about the absence of more complex problems, then natural treatments are very useful. Among other things, they are almost the same that are used in the case of the common urticaria.

Infusion compresses can be applied chamomile cold on the affected area. This will help, for example, to reduce the desire to scratch, reducing itching and also acting beneficially against redness.

Creams based on are also considered very useful natural remedies calendula, as this phytotherapeutic solution contains useful compounds to counteract itching. Like the more than famous one aloe vera, to be applied in the form of a gel for an immediate sense of freshness. Still, an anti-itch effect is also guaranteed by the oatmeal.

Useful tips

However, when using natural remedies for seawater dermatitis, it is necessary to check that the skin is intact. Check that must be made before applying these findings.

Basically there must be no cuts or cracks. Furthermore, it is necessary to be absolutely sure of the absence of allergies or personal hypersensitivity, to avoid unpleasant reactions. If you do not know the effects of these remedies on your skin it is recommended to apply the solution on a very small portion of the skin, so as to evaluate the possible appearance of reactions or side effects.

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