Use regular strength – 6 percent – bleach for the bath. Do not use concentrated bleach.
Measure the amount of bleach before adding it to the bath water. For a full bathtub of water, use a half cup of bleach. For a half-full tub of water, add a quarter cup of bleach. For a baby or toddler bathtub, add one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water.
Subjects will take diluted bleach bath (0.005% Sodium Hypochlorite) for 5-10 minutes twice a week for 12 weeks.
An eczema bleach bath — a bath with a small amount of bleach added to the water — may help lessen symptoms of chronic eczema (atopic dermatitis), an itchy skin condition.
A bacterial infection often accompanies eczema, worsening symptoms. An eczema bleach bath is thought to kill the bacteria on the skin, reducing itching, redness and scaling. This is most effective when combined with other eczema treatments, such as medication and moisturizers.
If properly diluted and used as directed, a bleach bath is safe for both children and adults. For best results:
- Add 1/2 cup (118 milliliters) of bleach to a 40-gallon (151-liter) bathtub filled with warm water (measures are for a U.S.-standard-sized tub filled to the overflow drainage holes).
- Soak the limbs and torso or just the affected areas of skin for five to 10 minutes. Do not submerge the head.
- Dry skin thoroughly, and generously apply moisturizer.
- Take a bleach bath no more than twice a week.
Discussion on bleach bath for adults.
Dilute Bleach Bath How To:
1/4 cup household bleach for half tub.
Soak 10-20 minutes.
Pat dry gently.
Apply topical medications to affected areas.
Apply emollients to the entire body.
Bleach baths can be done daily or as little as twice weekly.
Do rinse after bleach bath.
"In fact, he tells parents to use as little as a tablespoon of bleach in a tubful of water. 'That little amount of bleach is antiseptic and is very effective way to kill all the bacteria without having to give the patient antibiotics."
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