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October 17th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

Will a bleach bath help a child's eczema?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it's pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Asked by LaDonna, via e-mail
My grandson is suffering with eczema. Over-the-counter creams aren't working. His skin has been getting worse for the past three weeks. I've heard that bleach baths can help. Is it safe to give him a bleach bath?
Expert answer

Thanks for your question. I'm sorry to hear about your grandson's skin problems. Because bacteria on the skin can make conditions such as eczema worse (or prevent them from healing), some people suggest using a small amount of bleach in the bath water - somewhat like swimming in a chlorinated pool - to remove the germs.

Since I don't know your grandson's age or other medical background, it would be best to check with his doctor to see whether this type of treatment is recommended for his eczema.

Keep in mind that young children and sensitive individuals (such as those with asthma) may develop breathing problems when exposed to chlorine fumes. Chlorine can also be irritating to the eyes, and it's important to make sure children don't swallow any so keep the bottle well out of reach!

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If you choose to try bleach baths, be sure to ventilate the bathroom well and use only a small amount of bleach (some doctors suggest using ½ cup of bleach in a full standard-sized tub of water; use less if the tub isn't full). Limit the baths to no more than about twice a week unless your grandson's doctor says otherwise.

Other options might include using lavender oil or other essential oils in the tub for eczema since they may also have antibacterial and soothing properties. Remember, however, that even natural remedies can cause allergic reactions, and the fragrances may also be irritating to kids.

I would be interested to hear from readers on how they have treated their eczema so please feel free to comment below!

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  1. Shannon

    The only cure for my son's eczema was removing the triggers – it turned out he has several food allergies. Once we had him tested and removed those foods completely from his diet, his skin problems cleared right up. Might be one direction to look.

    October 17, 2011 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nadia

      I would like you to try something so simple. Just mix oat with water and make it as a past and put it on the body, twice a week and hopefully you will see the different.This is been done and worked with lots of people. Good luck to you Nadia

      October 20, 2011 at 02:30 | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy

    I suffered for 25 years with very noticable inflamation on my legs. I went to the doctor repeatly over the years. I was using a prescription steriod cream that help a little. Finally I saw a different doctor a dermitoligist and he gave a heavy steriod cream. After 3 weeks my legs were almost completely healed. I spent 25 years with open wounds. I know only use the cream once a month to keep it at bay. All my kids have eczema and I the over the counter medication to bring in under control but if that doesnt work fast I take them in to get a prescription. By hitting it hard and fast, all of their spots have healed and rarely come back. I wouldnt mess with bleach because it will dry it out even more making it itch even more. I would go to the doctor and get a prescription quickly because the sooner you get it under controll the easier it is to keep it under control.

    October 17, 2011 at 19:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marie

      Hi Nancy,

      Do you go to allergist or dermatologist?

      October 24, 2011 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • nestor morales

      You are Right. I use CLOBETASOL 0.5 mg Im like a Old west Doctors recommending the cream to everybody. So far everything good. I tell people their Doctor have to prescribe it.

      August 13, 2013 at 21:26 | Report abuse |
  3. Ann

    I am quite stunned that you are advocating using bleach, a pesticide, in a young child's bath. The EPA discourages the use of bleach in household cleaning, stating that it can irritate skin, cause blindness, and the fumes can be quite dangerous. The half cup you advise would radiate fumes throughout the whole house. And many people are not aware that, if they use another cleaning product at about the same time, toxic fumes can be created.

    Any child with allergies or asthma could have trouble with bleach fumes. The EPA literature also states that bleach can cause blindness. Who would want a child splashing in bath water with that much bleach? A half cup is quite a large amount. There are many safer alternative remedies to deal with xema. We have had good results from an organic cream, with all natural ingredients, by Four Elements called Look No XEMA. There are many remedies on the market to try before resorting to using a pesticide, which bleach is classified as.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Resources

      If was not for pesticides, most of the world's population would starve.

      October 19, 2011 at 20:40 | Report abuse |
    • Monkeyboy

      If your child swims in any chlorinated pools, they get twice as much chlorine exposure. 1/2 cup of bleach in a FULL bathtub is not that much. This is commonly used for eliminating MRSA (a resistant bacteria) in people who are carriers. Dr. Shu made it clear that it can be irritating to some children and that starting with a smaller amount might be the better choice. I would find it more useful to prevent secondary infection with bacteria than to truly eliminate eczema.

      October 20, 2011 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Don't be shocked or frightened at the advice Anne, Bleach also know as Chlorine Bleach or just Chlorine is classified as a pesticide because of it's ability to kill microbes which is why it's used in swimming pools and to treat the water that we all bath in and drink. It's already in our water but adding a little extra into the bath water is meant as a treatment to kill any microbes that may be living on the skin and be making the itching worse or maybe even is causing the eczema itself. It is a commonly suggested treatment for skin ailments. Bleach is very useful because it can kill a broad spectrum of microbes including bacteria, fungus and viruses. The important thing to remember is to use it very dilutely, and obviously if it irritates the skin then stop the treatment.

      March 17, 2013 at 18:27 | Report abuse |
  4. mary

    I'm a nurse and I have worked in a dermatologist office with multiple M.D's and yes, bleach baths were often recommended. It helps to keep the skin clean and prevents any possibility of infection. Use a small amount of bleach to a large tub of water. Also using a moisture based bath/shower soap like Cerave body wash and Cerave cream to moisturize. Don't use soaps that are fragrant like stuff from the bath and body places, as thses types of soaps usually have alcohol in them which will dry out the skin. Cerave body wash and cream can be purchased in most stores and is recommended for all skin types. Use creams rather than lotions, creams are thicker and better for dry skin then lotions and should be applied right after showering to help retain that moisture. If you have a steroid cream or lotion that has been prescribed, you can apply the Cerave cream first to soften the skin and any eczema patches and then apply your Rx steroid cream. But always follow your Dr. advice and instructions.

    October 19, 2011 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Herryponting

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    October 19, 2011 at 07:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Kit

    I am not sure Cerave changed their ingredients list. Cerave cream actually has alcohol listed as an ingredients. My daugthers were using Cerave for over a year without any problems, but somehow my 3 years old started complainting about Cerave burning her skin six month ago and my babysitter was the one point out the alcohol as part of the ingredient list, so we stopped using them. My 3 years old suffer server eczema from head to toe since she was couple months old and she can never sleep more than 3 hours at night without waking up to scatch. We took her to a well known predi dermatologist on Monday and he recommanded bleach bath once a week to start with and prescribed 3 different medicine cream for different part of her body. Amazingly, we started seeing a great result within the first night. The second night was the first time she almost slept through the night without waking up from her itchy skin. From trying almost everything in the past 6 years to help my kids on the eczema problem, we found massaging them down with olive oil after shower/bath really help the skins from cracking.

    October 19, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      Pepito32: You are welcome. Thanks for the thnaks. Jeetkundo: These other people are right. Ikkaku's bankai does not use kidou. It is brute force (I guess) like Renji's and Konamura's. He just does not want to get promoted to a higher position in another squad because he wants to stay with Kenpachi. Squad 11 is meant to have people below the rank they deserve. Ikkaku and Yumichika could easily be VC's. Rukia too (13 not 11 though), she did defeat an Arrancar.ShiniGummy: I believe Konamura's Shikai is JUST the arm rather than an entire giant. And I like some quick-enders and some hidden powers types of fighting. I like seeing Byakuya, Kisuke, Yoruichi (sp?) or Hitsuygaya just come in and end everything (doesn't seem to happen much anymore). I like seeing Yumichika bide his time until he can reveal his powers. Ichigo is more the second as well. Though he isn't holding back so much as his powers wait to pop-out. A mix is more interesting than all quick-enders to me. All: Was I wrong about meeting the zanpakuto manifestations? Just Ichigo and Renji? Hmm I guess Hyournimaru (sp?) in the Diamond Dust movie talked and stuff did that count?

      July 1, 2012 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
  7. Kate

    Try using cocoa butter cream or oils or shea butter to moisterize the skin ater a bath at night and then reapply in the morning. Especially in cold weather, which can be an irritant to skin. This will soothe the skin. Constant moisture on clean skin helps with cracking.

    I'd use caution on the bleach (more like 1/4 cup to a full bath tub) and test skin wit a "bleach water sample" before getting in the bathtub.

    October 19, 2011 at 23:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ATL-IAN

      MY HUSBAND TRIED SHEA-BUTTER AND IT WAS A DISSASTER ON HIS ECZEMA, TOTALLY

      March 11, 2012 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
  8. Carrie

    Before trying any more 'home remedies', I would strongly encourage this child's parents to work with a dermatologist on locating the source of the eczema. I had both food sensitivities and environmental triggers driving my flare ups. My dermatologist administered a patch test to identify my 'skin contact' allergies and helped me identify the products that contained those ingredients. A bleach bath might be okay for some, but would send my eczema through the roof, as the chlorine bleach contains ingredients that would trigger an outbreak. I had to change cleaning agents, soaps, detergent, shampoo...quite a list, but worth it.

    October 20, 2011 at 06:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. threetaylorboys

    Our asthma/allergist doc recommended bleach baths and it has worked wonders. We know his triggers, but sometimes even after avoiding those foods and taking allergy meds, he still has occasional breakouts. We start the bleach baths and within a few days (we do a bath every other night – 1/2 cup bleach) it starts to clear. It is amazing how much it helps.

    October 21, 2011 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Marti

    I am not a fan of chlorine bleach; infact, I don't have any in my house. I have found other products that are incredibly safer and work as well if not better. As far as treating eczema, I would opt for epsom salt baths. Also, I believe that a lot of what is happening on our outsides, is a result of what's happening inside. Friendly bacteria (acidophleus and bifidus) have helped treat eczema; as well as GLA and Omega-3's. It's important to use toxic free products on the skin and also in the laundry. Chemicals in laundry detergents can aggravate a child's skin condition, as well as allergies and asthma. I have had great results with the Shaklee products.

    October 23, 2011 at 07:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Shawn

    My 5 year old has suffered from eczema for years, with us trying everything under the sun to no avail. Finally, at the suggestion of an acquaintance, we removed milk, yogurt, and ice cream from her diet and within a week the eczema was completely gone.

    November 3, 2011 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Angela

    My 1yr old has eczema and the last couple days it was getting pretty bad in his diaper area and thighs. I gave him a bath in Epsom salt and doTERRA's Lavender essential oil and when he got out I applied the Lavender oil and doTERRA's Purify blend (recommended by Modern Essentials book) and this morning....80% GONE and all redness gone! SO GRATEFUL!!!! Next step...getting it applied to the eczema on my husbands hands!

    November 3, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jamie

    I've suffered from ezcema my entire life, and recently, it's gotten worse (dyshdrotic ezcema). But I've started eliminating things from my life that trigger it, such as dyes, perfums, and wooly fabrics.
    I don't think that bleach will help the situation, only make it worse. I would suggest giving him a luke-warm bath, pat dry him and thing applying a hydrocortizone cream immediatly. Look for fragrance-free products (it cn get a little expensive), buy non-wool clothes and wash them immediately after you've purchased them.
    This is what my mom would do for me when I was younger.

    November 4, 2011 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. E Shepherd

    I have been trying to get this information across for any number of years but could never find a site. My son suffered from severe exzema as a small baby. At the time I was breastfeeding. Each day I was drinking a protein drink to keep up my strength. Once the exzema developed I tried every remedy available, from lotions to special baths. I scrubbed my house from top to bottom thinking there may be something ' in the environment'. None worked. I then read a very old book at my local library and in the tiniest print at the end of a large section on exzema I read "Excess protein in the body can cause severe excema" I immediately stopped drinking my protein drink , as the excess protein from me was going directly to my baby via breastfeeding, – and all the symptoms disappeared. Why is this information not readily available.? It took me months to find it and I have not seen it in print since. Given the amount of baby foods around with protein in them – it should seriously be looked at.

    November 8, 2011 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jonathan

      I had eczema for a years, but in school when I studied cellular genetics in organisms, I figured what I needed. I found a spray that had TOLNAFTATE this synthetic product destroys the membrane of most organisms that feed on the dermis. I applied it to all affected areas on my body everyday for a week and by the end of the month it was gone. It was remarkable the itching and discomfort from the eczema stop immediately after I apply it for the first time. Because it worked for me so good It was hard to believe that I tried it on someone else that suffer even worse than I did and now he is free from eczema.

      January 18, 2014 at 06:38 | Report abuse |
  15. Arsh

    Hi,

    I am sharing our own story. Our son had eczema since his birth. We had so many terrible nights, him scratching all night and us watching helplessely. We tried everything from steroid to natural home made remedies to ayurveda remedies to homeopathy, But all in vain. But things changed when our washer broke down and we bought the top of the line LG washer that has "Sanitizing wash cycle". After using the new washer our son's eczema got better within days. And this is how we believe it worked

    We were applying a lot of vaseline and aquaphor to his skin regularly as doctors reccomend.Even though we were using organic cotton clothes the vaseline was getting absorbed in the fiber of the cotton and had made a film inside the fabric. That would not only negate the purpose of using cotton but make it worse. it was breeding ground for bacteria. His clothes would feel sticky from inside even though they were looking clean.We tried boiling clothes in order to get rid of the vaseline but made no difference. But the new washer uses the sanitizing cycle and gets rid of it. It takes more than twice the time to run the cycle but the results are amazing.

    For us it was nothing short of a miracle. I feel the pain of all the parents and the kids that are going through this terrible experience. But , please check if a simple change like this can make a difference in your case. I hope for the best for everyone.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Jane

    I would recommend using a very mild moisturizing soap.Dr Mark Randle in the UK discovered an interesting phenomena associated with a formulation that included Sodium Silicate He trialled it on 200 eczema patients with some staggering results.More information can found at http://www.skinsalveation.com

    December 6, 2011 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Linda

    For as long as I can remember, I have always had dry skin. It was during my freshman year when my skin got very, very, very bad. That’s when I was told by my Dr. I had eczema. I had eczema up until probably my junior year in high school and that is when it was at its worst. Mainly my arms and thighs were where I had eczema. I remember those days so well because it was just so painful. I saw a dermatologist and was prescribed some crème but that did not solve it. I just kept scratching and it got worst. Then I was recommended the bleach bath. That did not help either. Through the heartache and bearing me from scratching, the eczema remedy for my skin was just right outside of my yard.
    I never thought it would work because I was emotionally hopeless from previous attempts. There is a tree in my backyard that to my amazement really somehow worked for my eczema. Now, I don’t know what type of tree this is but I have seen it around from where I’m from, North Carolina.
    Every night before going to sleep, my dad would go to the backyard and get a good Wal-Mart bag full of the trees’ leaves. Then, my mom would brew the leaves in a pretty big pot and let it boil for about half an hour. Once it is done, my dad would pour it into a bucket. I would wait until it is warm and take a cloth and wash myself. I did this for about two months, at least 4 – 5 days each week and my eczema was gone! Who would have ever thought that a tree could do this? Not me! It was inexpensive and truly a miracle for me. I’m now a senior in college and my eczema have not come back since. I’m now eczema free.
    I still have dry skin and that is something I can never change. During winter my skin does itch and I will break out every once in a while. However, that is something I can maintain and have under control. I stay aware of fragrances I use and moisturize every day. I’m so thankful I now have my skin under control.

    January 12, 2012 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tt

      can you take a picture of the plant? maybe then your comment would be helpful.

      July 19, 2012 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
  18. Josh

    Eating lower-carbohydrate for children has been found to clear up eczema. Read about it here: Why We Get Fat [Book]: http://tinyurl.com/7eubok2

    February 24, 2012 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Sophie

    Speaking of carbohydrates... My son struggled with eczema for 5 years until we eliminated all cereal (even rice ) from his diet. Within 2 days the angry red bleeding lesions on his body turned to pale pink and he was able to sleep without taking his usual doses of benadryl at bedtime and 3AM. On the third day, we tried to introduce rice and the progress stopped. A blood test revealed very high IgE for corn and moderate levels for other cereals (skin tests were negative for corn). He could eat plenty of milk carbs, just not cereal carbs. Maybe it's a reaction to starch or lectins...Try an elimination diet!

    March 2, 2012 at 07:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fafa

      Have we only met Ichigo's and Renji's swords? It seems like they've steoppd having manifestations anymore. Just occurred to me that Kisuke mastered his bankai the same way as Ichigo, which means it was manifested forcibly (is that even a word?) and he had to fight a girl (Benihime). He seems like he would not like doing that. By the way, I am glad they made Sajin's bankai so defensively powerful because being basically physical only seems like a big weakness otherwise (at least Renji's can shoot blasts). By the way a crab, an eagle, a pilot whale, a rose, a tiger and an elephant. Strange assortment of minions.

      July 3, 2012 at 03:33 | Report abuse |
  20. sara

    Bleach Bath helps.It helps adults as well as kids.Use the right concentration.

    March 23, 2012 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. fannie

    I as well have eczema, I have found only one thing that takes care of it. Its a prescription only your doctor can give you but its called Desonide Ointment 0.05% Its very greasy but works wonderful, it can clear up overnight, stops the itching, and if used at night, it won't get on your cloths, just your PJ's. I swear by it.

    June 7, 2012 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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  23. Matthew

    I have had eczema my whole life. I had to move to a warm climate due to it. I tried bleach baths and they were moderately effective. Bleach is the same thing as chlorine in a swimming pool, only diluted. I found that It is really really important to get the right concentration. Too much will aggavate eczema, too little would be ineffective. The best way to get the exact right concentration or to control it is to go to a place that sells swimming pool supplies and buy a test kit. The test kit will tell you the exact right concentration for your tub and brand of bleach. Then, use that amount or less. After the bath, partially pat dry only and put lotion on within 60 seconds. Use non scented lotion like a Lubriderm product (been using it for years and found it to be the best), put it on within 60 seconds of getting out of the tub. Its amazing how important this step is. Then, straight into bed (use 100% white cotton sheets). Going straight into bed helps keep moisture in the skin because it stays a bit humid under the sheets which helps lock in moisture overnight. Its taken me years to figure out the best routine. Must be tough being a parent of a child with eczema because its hard to figure out the best routine to make them as comfortable as possible.

    June 15, 2012 at 08:03 | Report abuse | Reply
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    August 4, 2012 at 21:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. SHEILA

    Looking for doctors who could help someone who is suffering with worms in his body, Tried all medical help but not successfull. Pls help!

    August 11, 2012 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jonathan

      I had tried everything everyone talked about here but nothing worked. I had eczema for years, but in school when I studied cellular genetics on organisms, I figured what I needed. I found a spray that had TOLNAFTATE this synthetic product destroys the membrane of most organisms that feed on the dermis. I applied it to all affected areas on my body everyday for a week and by the end of the month it was gone. It was remarkable, the itching and discomfort stop immediately after I apply it on the first try. Because it worked for me so good It was hard to believe but then I tried it on someone else that suffered even worse than I did and now he is free from eczema.

      January 18, 2014 at 06:47 | Report abuse |
  26. sue

    My child has suffered from eczema for years. He was exclusively breastfed for one year and still had terrible eczema. He has so many food allergies that eliminating them from his diet would be impossible because he couldn't eat anything. The only things that help for us are consistent use of Aquaphor and an herbal eczema cream from Roop Herbal. I am usually not into herbal medicine (or any medicine at all unless absolutely required) but this was the only thing that really helped. Also, all soaps, shampoos, etc with fragrance are major irritants for him. In my experience, chlorine just dried out my son's skin, steroid creams bleached it and while high-dose oral steroids worked wonders, the effect was only temporary and I am uncomfortable with continual use. I have come to the conclusion that figuring out a solution is really individual specific, and you have to be open to trying anything that is safe.

    October 6, 2012 at 03:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Allergy Physician

      Dear Sue,
      I treat about 3-5 patients with severe eczema (all ages) daily. While everyone above has good points and I have used most of the above suggestions with my patients, your final sentence is the most true ("I have come to the conclusion that figuring out a solution is really individual specific, and you have to be open to trying anything that is safe."). I give my patients a long list of safe options and have them try these serially so they can understand what works (and continue) and what doesn't (and avoid). Most of the truly helpful remedies for my worst cases have come from patients, patients' parents or from other patients' research which they were kind enough to share with me. I have seen just about every suggestion above work beautifully and also fail miserably (making some people worse). This condition takes a truly individualized and open minded approach.

      October 16, 2012 at 13:18 | Report abuse |
  27. CJ

    My sons allergy doctor recommended using bleach in his bath water to clear up MRSA. I filled the tub up just enough to cover his privates.I did not let him splash in the water. I used a cup and gently poured water over his upper body. He has not had MRSA since then and he use to get it 5-6 times a year.

    November 11, 2012 at 10:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Lauren

    I have Eczema. It started when i was probly 12. Just when my hormones started changing. It occured first on my right side of my upper body and stomach. By the time i was 15 it spread to my face and i used Aimway lotion on my face untill i was 18. It was the only lotion that didnt make my skin oily, and when i didnt use it i felt like my skin was on fire. It was horrible, i could feel it crack and everything. When i was 19 my mom used a little to much fabric softener on my clothes and i broke out in a horrible rash which increased my eczema. After that i refused to use fabric softener and my eczema has almost completely stoped. I know longer have it on my check and stomach. I do have very dry hair witch is caused by my eczema and my face barely has problems now. I found out that the laundry soap had been irritating my skin to the point it turned into Eczema. Since the alergy happen i found out my sis had the same problem, and her problems all occured around the same ages mine did. ANd i have a lot of friends who cant use fabric softeners either. Id recomend use straight laudry soap. Not only is it less damaging to your clothes but it has less chemicals to hrt your skin.

    November 20, 2012 at 22:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Christy

    I have two children with severe Eczema and suffer from horrile food allergies. I happen to be a nurse and have researched and tried hundreds of home remedies and/or prescription creams. There is a bath soap on the internet that works...its called Noble Formula, not cheap, however the soap makes my kids' rough skin feel like silk without irritating their skin. After they take a bath(soap in water), I cover them head to toe with Aloe..the plant. I bought several plants from walmart after talking with a patient of mine at the hospital who puts aloe vera on their face every night. She had the BEST skin I have ever seen. Since starting the aloe, my son no longer wakes up in the morning with a scaly forehead. Don't waste your money on all the advertisements for different eczema creams, they do not work. Try the noble formula soap and aloe. Good Luck!

    November 28, 2012 at 21:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Kathryn

    During acute episodes I have gotten help from an allergist who has prescribed creams, such as steroid creams. It took me some trial and error (one of the creams made my skin irritated), but when my eczema was at it worse a prescription cream often was necessary.
    To help prevent eczema and to help with the healing process doing the following things have helped: detergent and dryer sheets for clothes and bedding that are free of dyes/perfumes (there are many brands – I prefer all free and clear), cotton sheets only (no flannel, t-shirt style sheets, etc). A sensitive skin lotion and body wash is also helpful, I prefer Aveeno's body wash and lotion sensitive skin line. Wash sheets in hot water two, every 1 – 2 weeks. My eczema has been under great control, no episodes in years, with the above tips.

    February 3, 2013 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Jill Marie

    I hve been using a Class IV topical corticosteroid ointment, along with antihistamines for close to 50 years. I have suffered with severe eczema since I was 2 years old. My allergies are a combination of food and environment/contact allergies.. My food allergies include citric acid (tomatoes, ketchup, lemons, oranges and anything processed that has citric acid added along with milk and milk products. My environmental allergies include certain pollens, detergents and synthetic fabrics, and chlorine bleach. Synthetic carpet and cows milk initailly triggered my eczema. A swim in a public pool results in my eczema flaring up. Nothing, and I mean no OTC cream or aloe plant, or oatmeal, or udo's oil...NOTHING works except for cortisone and antihistamines, and ELIMINATING all foods I am allergic to. Which is very difficult, and since I love all the foods I am allergic to, I still indulge occasionally. But I always have my cortisone cream to fall back on. If my feet get terrible, I put my cream on, baggies on my feet, then socks, and sleep like that. It helps alot.

    1. Stop using any form of soap, and use a very little bit of Tide, and rinse twice in hot water. Bedding especially. (Find a hypo allergenic shampoo and rinse the hell out of it. Stop using anything with perfumes. Lots of baths seem to help me, and sooth my skin. But no soap.

    2. Stop wearing any synthetic fabrics, including bedding and socks and underwear.

    3. Children and adults need to try the elimiation diet starting with common triggers. Number one is milk and milk products. Eliminate for a week. If the eczema isn't clearing up, eliminate foods containing citric acid. (No OJ, or ketchup or tomatoes. Eggs can be bad too.

    My skin is now very thin, and delicate. I cut and bruise easily. There are several risks associated with long term use of corticosteroids, so really, the best thing is to find out WHAT is causing your allergies.

    I hope my experiences help some people reading this.

    April 17, 2013 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Emily

    I'm very surprised to see that no one has suggested the tanning bed as a remedy for eczema. I've battled with eczema my entire life, always have tried creams, lotions, prescription steroid creams, etc and all helped ease the symptoms. But it wasn't until I was in high school that I started going to the tanning bed for other reasons and noticing that my eczema decreased and almost completely went away after several trips. I know the risks of the tanning bed, I'm a nurse, however I have had several family members, friends and even patients tell me that their dermatologists recommended going to the tanning bed to help ease the symptoms of eczema, which worked! Of course, I wouldn't recommend this for children...however this may help for adolescents and adults suffering from eczema.

    June 6, 2013 at 18:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Monica

    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is monica, i live in Canada,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring husband, with a kid. A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband. so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce. he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn't love me anymore. So he ask me to packed out of his house and made me and my child passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail. and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband. So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too. So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited okosunspelltemple@gmail.com

    July 27, 2013 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Matt

    I've been suffering from eczema since the age of 10 and i am 21 now. Ever since starting college it has gotten so terrible by spreading all over my body. I have tried everything from creams, steroids and alligator oil. I recently came across this topic of a bleach bath and instantly tried it since everything else fails. I have to say, after my once use the eczema has decreased amazingly. I can't even describe how good my skin feels right now. I will continue this treatment for a while to see where it takes but i can highly recommend it right now. Just please follow all the precautions and be safe.

    November 18, 2013 at 21:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Jonathan

    I had tried everything everyone talked about on here but nothing worked. I had eczema for years, but when I was in school I studied cellular genetics on organisms, I figured what I needed, I found a spray that had TOLNAFTATE this synthetic product destroys the membrane of most organisms that feed on the dermis. I applied it to all affected areas on my body everyday for a week and by the end of the month it was gone. It was remarkable, the itching and discomfort stop immediately after I applied it the first time. Because it worked so good for me I wanted to try it on someone else that suffered even worse than I did and now they too are free from eczema.

    January 18, 2014 at 07:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. mr jerry

    i will thank Mrs anita for letting the world knows the
    powerful man that help her from AIDS disease. This was
    what i have all my life been waiting for since i was infected
    by HIV last 6 months. I always spend money for drugs
    always but still yet my weight becomes poorer and my joint
    always getting painful and inching all day. But when i met
    this comment last 3 days, i quickly contacted Dr.oboh the
    Traditional helper. He is from the western part of Africa, i
    didn't spend much as i spent for drugs each day, and i for the
    fact truly reason this because my life was already as take by
    this disease called AIDS. Truly, when it was 9:00 clock on
    Monday this week he called me that his oracle urgently
    required some few life items to enable the disease wipe out
    successfully, then i was asked to send down 200 usd ($).
    Which i did. He truly bought the items and surprisingly,
    yesterday afternoon Dr.oboh called me that my work has been
    finally done and it work out well. I was glad and he told me
    to rush down to my hospital for checkup. Which i really did,
    my brothers and sisters i went down crying because no one
    has ever done this to a person in life. Dr.oboh truly healed me.
    I was crying it was a dream to my eyes when the doctor said
    to me that I am HIV NEGATIVE. I am now a free born in
    life, am now like other people who now think things like
    human. For these days and forever, i will accept Dr.oboh as
    my father and my healer and helper. He is a great man.
    Thank you sir. I know i cant reward you. But my God in
    heaven can. Thank you sir once again.
    Regards.
    Email him now for your problem solve at:
    ( Obohbalogun@gmail.com)

    April 11, 2014 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply

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