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    Oatmeal soothes, relieves, and inhibits viruses

    Reena Rupani, M.D.Have you ever loved the taste of something so much that you wanted to just….soak in it? That vintage Barolo 1996, or maybe your grandmother’s slow-cooked-for-days basil marinara, or even perhaps a hand-churned butter pecan ice cream, evoking memories of tall grass and porch swings that never were (née concrete-jungle child)?

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    Well, if oatmeal’s warm internal hug has ever inspired thoughts of pore-soaking exhilaration, read on!  Many of our patients with chronic inflammatory or pruritic skin disorders require guidance on skincare regimens, and simple colloidal oatmeal can be a soothing component.

     Colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) is the product of finely grinding the whole oat grain (“groat”), until the majority of particles measure less than 75 micrometers in size. Steel cut to rolled to instant to colloidal—it’s a degree of processing from least to most, respectively. 

    Oats have long been used as medicinal aids in baths and applied compounds. Oats are approved by the German Commission E and are also covered by the FDA OTC skin protectant monograph in the United States.1,2,3

    NEXT: What makes it so soothing?

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