A soak in a tub of lukewarm water for 10 – 15 minutes will help the skin absorb water. You may wish to try one of the following for specific treatment:
Bleach baths make the tub into a swimming pool! Soak for about 10 minutes and rinse off. Use 2 – 3 times a week. Bleach baths decrease the bacteria on the skin and decrease bacterial skin infections. Use ½ cup household bleach for a full bathtub, ¼ cup for a half bath.
Add one cup to one pint of vinegar to the bath. Can be used as a wet dressing too as it kills bacteria.
Oils in the bath are a favorite of some providers and patients. Bath oils can leave the tub slippery—be careful. They can also leave a hard-to-clean film. See if they work for you.
When there is a significant flare the bath water may sting or be uncomfortable. Add one cup of table salt to the bath water to decrease this side effect.
Baking soda added to a bath or made into a paste can be used to relieve the itching.
Oatmeal added to a bath or made into a paste can be used to relieve the itching.