Eczema Bleach Bath-Drug Free Alternatives to Atopic Dermatitis

Published: 15th February 2011
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Although bleach may sound harsh on the skin, it can aid it the healing of eczema. A bleach bath for eczema is an inexpensive and drug free way to treat eczema and allow it to heal.

Benefits of a Bleach Bath for Eczema

Apart from the flaking and scaly skin, itchiness is the main complaint of eczema sufferers. Even on the strongest of medication, I found some scratching occurred. When we scratch, bacteria from our hands and finger nails can cause infection in this wound. Bacteria colonization can lead to inflammation. Inflammation greatly increases the itchiness at an eczema sight.A vicious cycle is created.

Staphylococcus aureus is the most common bacteria that infects a scratched eczema rash. If you are using a steroid cream, it will only treat the itching symptoms and not the infection. It will cause thinning of the skin if used for a prolonged period of time.

How Do I Know if an Eczema Bleach Bath is the Right Treatment for Me?

A bleach bath is most effective when the eczema affected areas occur below the head and neck. If you have eczema on your head and neck you can still safely dunk these areas. Whether your eczema affected areas are clearly infected, or if they simply appear to be a red rash, killing off the bacteria colonizing these areas will allow scabs to form more quickly and healing to occur.

How Will I Restore the Moisture to My Skin After Bleach Treatment?

An Eczema Bleach Bath is so dilute, that the dehydrating properties of bleach will not worsen already dry skin. It is essential to moisturize after a bath or shower to seal in the moisture your skin gained from the water.

My favourite barrier cream to use after a bath or shower is Vaseline. It seals in moisture, is inexpensive and doesn't contain any perfumes that irritate my skin. A light weight oil can also be used if Vaseline seems to heavy. Baby oil or raw coconut oil is a good alternative.

I found a comprehensive instruction guide on how to safely use a bleach bath for eczema here: Eczema Bleach Bath Treatment. One of my main resources in my search for a cure for my eczema was:>

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