Health Tip: Got Eczema?

(HealthDay News) -- Bleach bath therapy may be an effective way to manage eczema, if it's approved by the patient's dermatologist.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests:

  • Carefully measure the amount of bleach to mix with bath water. Use 1/2 cup bleach in a full tub, 1/4 cup in a half-full tub, or one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water for a baby or toddler.
  • Use only regular 6 percent strength bleach, never concentrated.
  • Always pour bleach into the tub and never apply directly to skin. Allow the tub to finish filling before the person with eczema climbs in.
  • Discuss with the dermatologist the appropriate length of the bleach bath -- usually between five minutes and 10 minutes.
  • As soon as the person emerges from the bath, gently pat the skin dry and apply any prescribed eczema medication.
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