The idea of giving a child suffering from moderate to severe eczema a bleach bath seems horrific and a treatment born out of desperation, but the reality is it is not as bad as it sounds. In fact, when done properly it is not much different than swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool with far fewer chemicals. Bleach baths are a common treatment for chronic eczema flareups because they are a relatively easy home remedy and there is not a lot of risks if simple steps are followed. Now that being said we want to emphasize that prior to giving a child (especially a baby under 2 years old) that is battling eczema a bleach bath check with your dermatologist or other health care professional because there are potential side effects.
When directions are followed, bleach baths are safe and can be helpful for treating inflamed skin and treating staph infections on the skin.
Bleach baths are credited with providing numerous health benefits like reducing skin inflammation and helping to prevent bacterial infections like staph (bacterium Staphylococcus aureus) from weeping eczema that often accompanies moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, but dermatologists’ opinions are mixed as to whether the bleach bath is more effective than regular, clear bathwater. In a 3 month clinical study published by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) the conclusion supports that a routine of regular bleach baths combined with topical prescription antibiotics and quality moisturizers like petroleum-free Vaniply will help control many of the symptoms associated with Atopic dermatitis.
You should speak to your dermatologist or your child’s pediatrician before you try this remedy for the first time.
Understand that if you are considering taking a bleach bath you most likely have very sensitive skin and you need to be cautious before trying new remedies and skin treatments. This includes bleach baths. Always check with your dermatologists prior to taking a bleach bath.
Technically you cannot be allergic to bleach, but you can have a hypersensitivity reaction to bleach, a natural irritant called “irritant dermatitis” or “contact dermatitis”. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by a reaction to an allergen, which is a substance that induces an allergic reaction.
Bleach has a strong smell and can trigger asthma flareups. This is especially important to note since there is a direct correlation between eczema and asthma.
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