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Eczema: Bleach bath therapy

  • Eczema is often very itch and it is sometimes very extensive.
  • As Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic condition, topical treatments and steroid-sparing medications are preferred, especially in children
  • Although not a cure, bleach baths are often useful in relieving the desire to scratch and reduce the number of bacteria on the skin


  • The following video by the American Academy of Dermatology gives the instructions on how to do bleach bath therapy:
    • Only do it if recommended by your dermatologist. Proper measurement is essential to ensure that the bath is effective and non-irritant.
    • You need: a measuring cup or spoon,  household bleach (fragrance free, not concentrated)
    • For a full bath you need a half a cup (slightly less than 1dl of bleach) (For a half bath you need 0.5dl)
    • If a smaller volume, consider adding 1 teaspoon of bleach for 4 litres of water
    • Put the bleach first, then add the water and do not apply bleach directly on the child
    • Add the diluted bleach when the bath is filling and do not put the child until both are full (remember use lukewarm water)
    • Soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
      Then dry, apply medication and moisturize (moisturise)

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