Milk Of Magnesia
Cream of magnesia is a milk-like solution of hydroxide of magnesium in water. Technically it is Mg(OH)2 and sometimes also referred to as MOH. The hydroxide of magnesium is a white crystalline powder used chiefly in medicines. It can be very useful in treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczema is a skin disease that mainly affects the scalp and face but may also be seen on other parts of the body as well. Basically, the disorder does not cause too much harm but it is apparently unpleasant and itchy. The itch however is moderate but persistent. While it is easily controllable with available medication, it is known to recur after sometime. Conventional treatment involves using topical applications containing topical corticosteroids. While mild concentrations of corticosteroids in short term use is generally considered safe, chronic treatments can potentially lead to permanent skin changes. Considering this aspect of treatment of seborrheic dermatitis, it is usually recommended that chronic cases be treated with natural remedies.
Magnesia milk is an effective treatment for seborrhea. Applying the solution can help in clearing seborrheic dermatitis. The correct method of use is to apply it while showering and rinsing it afterwards. It is safe to use it on the face as well. It is a creamy solution and easily available over the counter without a prescription. While this is a convenient treatment of the disorder other suggested treatments include nutritional supplements like biotin, zinc and flaxseed oil. A gentle moisturizer or an air humidifier may also be used to ease symptoms associated with the disorder.
Malassezia furfur, yeast that is widely present is considered to be the causative agent of seborrhea. A magnesium hydroxide formula may contain other natural ingredients meant specifically for alleviating symptoms of the disorder by inhibiting the growth of yeast. UV light may also be used for restricting growth of this yeast caution has to be exercised to avoid sun damage.
Magnesium hydroxide has other medicinal properties also. It is also used to relieve constipation. It is also available in chewable tablets and used for alleviating indigestion and acidity. Physicians mostly recommend taking it with a glass of water for easier absorption. Taken internally by mouth it also serves as an effective and safer laxative.
While it is commonly known as milk of magnesia, the name is a brand that is presently registered to Bayer but its generic versions are commonly available. It is an important folk remedy for seborrhea and dandruff. Best results are seen by massaging the affective area for five to ten minutes immediately before bathing or shampooing.
Ingestion of this creamy liquid is associated with potential reactions with antibiotics. Excessive internal intake may lead to diarrhea in some cases. People with impaired kidney function are also advised to avoid overconsumption because of risk of interference in kidney function of excreting magnesium. Cream of magnesia as a topical application is safe for treating seborrheic dermatitis.