The practical measures to be considered include general hygienic measures, diet, in-vestigation for presence of septic foci in the body, medicines and external applications, and physical treatment. General Hygiene. In acute or extensive skin eruptions the patient is best in bed, which provides rest, and makes the application of remedies easier. The bowels should be kept opened regularly, saline aperients being generally suitable. Hard water is often irritating to the skin, but artificial water-softeners, such as bath salts, are often unsuitable. Soap should be avoided in irritative conditions Diet must be suitable, nourishing and well balanced, with avoidance of items known to disagree, as for example, shell fish in cases of urticaria, or alcohol in acne or rosacea. Baths. Prolonged immersion baths are sometimes used for the treatment of dermatitis. Over-the-counter oatmeal or cornstarch preparations mixed into a warm bath may soothe the skin and relieve itching. Take care not to stay in the bath too long, because lengthy immersion can strip sensitive skin of essential oils. n For dryness, rub petroleum jelly or vegetable shortening on affected areas after a bath, or use a topical ointment containing aloe (Aloe barbadensis) or zinc. n Avoid eating potential allergens, such as milk, eggs and wheat. You may et help from supplemental vitamins A, B complex, and E, as well as zinc.