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A bath with a small amount of bleach added to the water may help lessen symptoms of chronic eczema (atopic dermatitis).
Eczema is an itchy skin condition, often worsened by a bacterial infection. An eczema bleach bath can kill bacteria on the skin, reducing itching, redness and scaling. This is most effective when combined with other eczema treatments, such as medication and moisturizer.
If properly diluted and used as directed, a bleach bath is safe for children and adults. For best results:
You may experience dry skin if you use too much bleach or take bleach baths too often. If your skin is cracked or very dry, any bath — including a bleach bath — may be painful. Talk to your doctor before trying an eczema bleach bath.
Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
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