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10 Tips for Bleach Baths From the NEA Community

We asked our community about their experience with bleach baths to manage eczema and here's what they had to say.

10 Tips for Bleach Baths From the NEA Community

We asked our community about their experience with bleach baths to manage eczema and here’s what they had to say:

  1. I am a junior in college and have been dealing with severe eczema all of my life, and I am a big fan of bleach baths. I have learned that the key is rinsing off afterwards and coating down with medicine/heavy non-fragrance cream to lock in the moisture. The temperature of the water also does make a huge difference. I found that if it is too hot then I am almost worse off after than when I started. Hope this helps!
  2. We have been using bleach baths as a way to keep staph infections under control for my son. At first, I was upset about putting my 5-month-old in all of those chemicals, but it really is no different than going swimming in a chlorinated pool. This treatment has saved us from having him on more antibiotics. We use it about once a week and do it in conjunction with a nighttime wet wrap (wet pj’s under dry ones).
  3. I have hand eczema, and it helps when I use a bit of bleach in the water while hand washing dishes or cleaning the kitchen. Remember to moisturize well immediately after!
  4. We used them 2 to 3 times a week. Saw a huge difference in reducing infection and eczema. We do also use a bleach bath after days in public germ-filled places just to be safe.
  5. We use them 1 to 2 times daily. They don’t make the eczema better, but they keep the infection away. I know when we miss it, because my son will end up with a staph infection. Protopic and Vaseline after the bath locks in a barrier of moisture.
  6. We use bleach to cut down on the staph infections my daughter was getting. At her peak we did bleach baths three times a week.
  7. We use them when my daughter gets a flare-up that won’t go away with our normal routine. It works really well.
  8. When my daughter is really flared, we do bleach baths twice a week. If she is maintaining and looking “okay” (it’s never clear), we do them once a week. They WORK. For any skeptics out there, if you soak for 20 minutes in a bath with ¼ cup of bleach, you will see a difference when you get out of the tub and moisturize.
  9. I’m 30. I only heard about bleach baths a few years ago. They seem to help the staph infection that is carried on the skin. Sometimes I use a salt bath. Either works for me. I use half a cup of bleach to a big bath. It’s no worse than putting your child in a chlorine pool.
  10. So diluted, same as a pool but less chemicals and cleaner. My son has discoid eczema and we bleach bath 3 times a week.

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