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Baths with Bleach Help Treat Eczema

Baths with Bleach Help Treat Eczema

Taking a dilute bleach bath can help reduce bacteria that make eczema flair – helping the skin to heal and reducing the need for topical and oral antibiotics.

Taking a bleach bath is easy.  Here are some simple instructions:

STEPS

  1. Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water (about 40 gallons).
  2. Pour in 1/3 cup of liquid bleach (Clorox™). The active ingredient of bleach sodium hypochlorite. The concentration of sodium hypochlorite in the bleach used should not exceed 6%.
  3. Stir the water. This creates a solution that is slightly stronger than chlorinated than a swimming pool.
  4. Soak in the bath for about 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse the skin in fresh, lukewarm water when finished soaking.
  6. Gently pat dry the skin with a soft cotton towel. Do not rub vigorously.
  7. Immediately apply any prescription medications and/or a moisturizer.
  8. Repeat the bleach bath 2 to 3 times each week, or as recommended by your doctor.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Do not use undiluted bleach directly on your skin
  • Bleach baths can cause skin dryness and irritation. Speak to your doctor if you find that the bleach baths are causing additional irritation.

adapted from fromyourdoctor.com