Eczema: Bleach bath therapy

Eczema: Bleach bath therapy


If your child’s eczema is frequently infected,
your child’s dermatologist may recommend bleach bath therapy. Regular short soaks in diluted bleach can
better maintain control of eczema by reducing the number of bacteria on the skin. Always ask a dermatologist before adding bleach
to your child’s bath water. If your child’s dermatologist recommends
bleach bath therapy, follow these steps. To begin, gather the following supplies: A measuring cup if you are using a regular
bathtub. If you are using a baby or toddler bathtub,
you will need a measuring spoon instead. Also obtain ordinary household chlorine bleach
that does not have an added scent. Make sure the bleach is regular strength: 6 percent. Do not use concentrated bleach. Using a measuring cup or measuring spoon is
essential. Adding too much bleach to the bath can irritate
your child’s already sensitive skin. If you add too little, the bleach bath may
not help. Here’s how much bleach you should use. For a full bathtub of water, you’ll need
a half cup of bleach. If you’ll fill the tub half way, measure
out a quarter cup of bleach. For a tub filled with less water, such as
a baby or toddler bathtub, add 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Always measure the amount of bleach before
adding it to the water. Never apply bleach directly to your child’s eczema. Take care not to spill the bleach on your
child or yourself. Now that you have the right amount of bleach,
it’s time to fill the tub. While the tub is filling, pour the bleach
from the measuring cup or measuring spoon into the water. Be sure to wait until the bath is fully drawn and bleach is poured before your child enters the tub. Have your child soak in the tub for 5 to 10
minutes. Remove your child from the tub, and pat your
child dry. Use white towels if you are concerned about
bleach stains. If your child needs eczema medication applied
immediately after a bath, apply the medicine. Then moisturize your child’s skin. Bleach baths can be helpful for many children
who have moderate to severe eczema. If your child’s dermatologist recommends
bleach baths, ask the dermatologist how often a bleach bath should be given. It’s important to see a board-certified
dermatologist before starting bleach bath therapy. Your child’s dermatologist can tell you
whether bleach baths may help relieve your child’s eczema. To find a dermatologist in your area, visit
aad.org.

21 Comments

  • Whatchyamacallit says:

    I have had severe eczema since childhood that affects anywhere on my body that skin exists. I'm now an adult and found bleach baths helped, especially during my transition from corticosteroid topicals to Protopic ointment, but do not require the bleach baths unless a severe flare-up occurs. I've found controlling my diet for potential food and contact allergens/sensitivities to be pivotal in this. Also, completely removing and staying away from corticosteroid topicals and oral medications was pertinent to my success. The reason being is that corticosteroids–mild to strong–all resulted in a "rebound effect." The rebound effect is ultimately the worse form of eczema because it's caused by the withdrawal from the corticosteroids. It's very hard to control as well as confusing because one is unsure of the true cause.

    Anyway, a few considerations that apply to adults for bleach baths and eczema management that might be helpful in addition to the video include:

    1. Only stay in bath for a small amount of time: 10-30 minutes should do it. Keep the water temperature tepid and not hot. Do a light shower afterwards to remove excess bleach adhering to the skin. Although medical consensus is unsure of why low-concentration bleach baths help, bleach still has drying effects on the skin, so too much remaining on the skin is not good. 

    2. Only do baths a couple of times a week at maximum. Doing it too often can cause Swimmer's Ear or nailbed fungal infections due to too much exposure to moisture. Do not use cotton swabs in ears. Try isopropyl alcohol-based ear products to dry moisture in ears. Make sure you dry yourself well because fungus and bacteria love moisture! Since the concentration of bleach (i.e., chlorine) in bleach baths is not like a swimming pool, microbial growth prevention/mitigation is still necessary. Plus, bleach eventually breaks down into other products or evaporates, so its presence is temporary. Also, not bathing/showering everyday is pretty helpful. 

    3. Use a moisturizing ointment immediately out of the bath. I've found EltaMD Melting Moisturizer to be the best. It's more expensive than most moisturizers, but it goes on thinner than Vaseline or other thicker petroleum-based ointments, so it isn't as messy or "heavy-feeling." Also, remember to use ointments and not lotions because lotions contain alcohols that dry the skin out over time. 

    4. To reiterate, avoid potential food and contact allergens or sensitivities. Self-control and self-awareness are paramount to preventing flare-ups and reactions that could result in eczema. I've found the most common food and contact allergies/sensitivities apply to me, so this includes: tree nuts, peanuts, latex, wool, dairy, certain fruits, certain cooking oils, certain spices, dustmite and cat dander, certain pollen, etc. I also have a sulfa drug allergy, so this might be a concern too. Also, avoiding fragrances in skin and beauty products is essential. I've found my skin gets irritated from my cologne and home fragrance products. Use the mildest hand soaps, deodorants, and laundry detergents. You'll need to shop around and try many products before finding the best ones. I'm still in the search for a hand soap that doesn't cause some irritation. Also, avoid using shampoo if you can or settle for something very mild like baby, tear-free shampoos. I've found the dryness of the wintertime to be the worst season for my eczema.

    5. Avoid using corticosteroids as often as possible. This includes mild topicals like hydrocortisone to stronger topicals or oral medications like prednisone, etc. Work with other alternatives and stick with them during a test phase, even if it seems that they might not initially have an effect. Response in the body is slow, so factor that in before rushing to judgement. I've found Protopic ointment to be the best, but overcoming the burning/heat sensation took a few weeks for me, which is longer than the average user. I only need to use it every few days now without needing corticosteroids. It feels great to be free of these messy products with a large number of side-effects. I've gotten many striae (i.e., corticosteroid-induced stretchmarks), weight gain, and other adverse effects from long-term usage of corticosteroids.

    Overall, I wish I knew these items sooner. It took many years of experience and suffering to reach these conclusions. Plus, many visits to various dermatologists, allergists, and other medical specialists to consolidate all of this medical information. I even went the direction of homeopathy and acupuncture, which I think is more of a hoax and functions mostly on psychological persuasion and exploitation of the lack of medical knowledge of the patient. Ultimately, the best weapons against eczema is perseverance, proactiveness, thoroughness, patience, and most importantly, research of the legitimate scientific and medical information out there. 

    Good luck to fellow sufferers and medical professionals treating others in equally frustrating circumstances! 
     

  • Maria M. Goodman says:

    You're able to heal your eczema quickly using natural approach, and begin to see the outcome in only 72 hrs.

  • Clínica CDI says:

    Baños de legía para mejorar la dermatitis atópica: si su dermatólogo le ha recomendado a su hijo los baños de lejía, siga estos sencillos pasos.

  • Cecil Grosso says:

    >>>It's possible to stop eczema in a natural way.You are able to heal your eczema easily using natural approach, and start to see the result

  • THE ßIRGE says:

    or just use caprina fresh Goats Milk Body Lotion I use it and its really good mimes almost gone

  • Panda Lover says:

    I'm scared of bleach

  • Joel Steele says:

    Medicine, aggressive methods and therapies are not the solutions to dermatitis. The problems begins from your immune system.

  • Shrek McLovin says:

    Everyone link LEAFY this

  • SusuSenpai says:

    Soooooo…..are they tellin me right now that bathing in bleach is kind of "healthy" ? Well,better jump right into the bathtub boysssss. See ya later alligator!

  • h says:

    omg is this a joke ……please no one do this this is the word thing to do ever

  • Daniel Hightower says:

    Before all you na sayersdeny this. This is actually approved by many dermatologists and infectious disease specialists and the CDC if recommended to you

  • Best Dance says:

    As expert, I believe Noboremed Secrets can be great way to cures your skin problem naturally. Why not give it a chance? maybe it is going to work for you too.

  • Andy Chapman says:

    Then he'll die

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  • Satnarain Kapoor says:

    Research shows lactic acid lottion called ammonium lactate is really good for eczema. Its also not expensive and easy to use, its a lotion just need to apply it twice daily on effected area.

  • Angel'slove C. says:

    no sweetie tap water already has chlorine in it. , no need to put bleach in it.

  • Gina Heisenberg says:

    To the people saying "hell no" ya'll aren't listening! It is very diluted regular bleach, it is not to cure eczema, it is to help eczema that is severely infected. This is obviously not the first choice, but it is very effective and helps relieve a lot quicker. Especially when you have not only eczema, but it is infected aswell, it can be painful, and very uncomfortable. Plus the very air we breathe is more dangerous lol

  • Rayne Cheong says:

    OMAII BLEACH WILL BURN SKIN

  • Jesus Loved says:

    What the crap I thought bleach was just for cleaning and whitening clothes? Doesn’t bleach burn and irritate any skin? Isn’t it very dangerous?

  • Salene Brom says:

    Make sure the medications don’t have an adverse reaction with bleach

  • mari lopez says:

    👍🏽 works.

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