Diluted bleach in your bathwater can help with eczema symptoms by killing bacteria that are thriving on the skin. This will also fight infection in the eczema warrior while fighting off inflammation.
Eczema can cause the skin of the person who is fighting it to crack and it can then break open. This increases the possibility of infections forming on the skin. Many warriors and parents of warriors have discovered that bleach baths for eczema can cause the symptoms to not flare up as often.
As a disclaimer, while we do our best to make sure all info is accurate, check with your healthcare provider before attempting any new treatment.
Do Bleach Baths Ease Eczema Symptoms?
When bleach is used properly in your bathwater it could help ward off your eczema flares. Some warriors swear by bleach baths and believe that the combination of bleach diluted in bathwater can kill the staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Staph infection can become a nightmare for eczema warriors.
The National Eczema solution will attest to the fact that they have had warriors offer their testimonies of how beneficial bleach baths have been but they also make it know that are specific directions on how to safely create a bleach bath and that there are risks involved.
Experts do not agree on if bleach baths are effective in reducing eczema flares. There have not been enough studies done to date to determine the efficacy of this treatment.
Bleach Bathing Instructions
The National Eczema Association doesn't recommend utilizing bleach baths as a treatment more than two or three times per week. You should use unconcentrated bleach that is used for household cleaning. It usually has a 5.25% sodium hypochlorite in it.
For adults the instructions for a bleach bath are:
- Fill your tub. Be sure the water is lukewarm and not hot. Hot water can make the skin condition worse.
- A standard-sized bathtub holds forty gallons of water. Add a half a cup of bleach for a full bath or a quarter cup for a half of a bath.
- Time the bath for ten minutes. Do not stay in longer.
- Drain the water and rinse off in the shower with warm water only.
- As soon as you get out of the shower put moisturizer on and keep up with a skincare routine.
The safety tips for bleach baths are:
- Just like avoiding hot water, you should avoid cold water as well.
- Don't add anything else to your bathwater if you're putting bleach in.
- You should not exceed fifteen minutes in a bath that has bleach in it.
- Do not put your face in bathwater that contains bleach and never submerge your head.
If you are bathing a baby or a toddler with eczema, you should add one teaspoon of bleach for each gallon of water in the tub.
If you are thinking about working bleach baths into your or your kid's skincare routine for eczema you should see medical advice first.
Risks Associated With Bleach Baths
If you are sensitive to bleach or you have allergy-induced asthma you may experience skin irritation or breathing problems from the bleach or the fumes from the chlorine. If the skin is extraordinarily dry a bleach bath can be painful.
Remember to seek medical advice before you begin a bleach bath skincare routine for yourself or your child.