Okay, so I acknowledge that this seems a little crazy. I was at a birthday party this weekend and as the moms made small talk, the oh-so-pleasant topic of skin conditions came up. Let me tell you, my daughter’s chronic eczema was one of the tamer skin conditions discussed. I’ll spare you the details.
My little one has been suffering from this condition for the last 18 months. She’s only two so eczema has been an issue for easily half of her life. I’ve been to the pediatrician who deemed it not severe enough for steroids or a prescription. I have been resigned to using a detergent with no harsh chemicals, a bath soap that is free of perfumes and dyes and a mild lotion. Still the condition persisted. It breaks my heart to see her scratching and to hear her say her skin was itchy.
But at this party, a nurse advised me to try a bleach bath. She acknowledged that she had initially felt some hesitation about this method. Would it hurt their eyes? Would it bleach clothes? But she had tried it and within a week, it had made her child’s skin condition better.
The process is simple, add a half cup of bleach in a FULL tub of water. Apparently the diluted bleach is just enough to kill the bacterial infection that often accompanies eczema. It does dry out the skin so continue to use lotions (I like pure vaseline). Of course, this treatment should not be used on skin that is cracked or open.
I thought this solution was at least worth a try. So far it has worked really well for us. Talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you.