Eczema and Bleach Bath Therapy: Don’t Try This Without Supervision
There are few thing that sound less appealing than sitting in a bathtub in which bleach has been added to the water. On the other hand of course, Eczema is a very physically annoying, visually disheartening skin condition. (Not to mention one they didn’t make very easy to spell). At any rate, if you are a parent or parents to a child with eczema, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) lists Bleach therapy among their treatment options. (This is according to the Newbeauty.com source article linked and cited below.)
The AAD strongly recommends consulting with a board-certified dermatologist
Within the piece, it states that the AAD strongly recommends consulting with a board-certified dermatologist prior to subjecting your son or daughter to this therapy. Which seems to be a very good idea. Evidently, this is used most often when a case of eczema is particularly bad, and also when it becomes infected.
In fact to more specific, here are the words of Dr. Jody Levine, a New York dermatologist. “Bleach baths have a place for patients whose eczema is infected. The bleach helps to kill the bacteria on the skin. I would not use bleach baths for the average adult with a few patches of eczema, which are not super infected.”
While there are numerous medicinal treatment options with which to battle eczema, it would seem that sometimes going back in time for one of grandma’s old-fashioned remedies might be the best option. And of course, when they say bleach bath, they’re not really talking about a bathtub full of the stuff. The article itself states the ratio is very small: “…the option uses half a cup of regular-strength (6 percent) bleach for a full bathtub of water and a quarter-cup for a half bathtub.”
It does go to show though that, even with today’s immense technology, some treatments will never go out of style.
*Source article: Newbeauty.com
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