Bleach Baths for Eczema/Staph

Recent research has shown that bleach baths can be extremely significant for children with eczema. 7 year old Ben participated in a trial in 2006 that changed his life according to his mother, Jennifer. He had severe eczema on his calves, and it would crack and swell, causing infections and scarring. As a child, it was even tougher for him. But apparently, as soon as he joined the study, they saw immediate benefits and differences. The treatment was not high tech, expensive, and it did not involve doctors, lasers, or other machinery. It was a simple bleach bath that anybody can use in the comfort of their own home.

For just pennies, Ben and other children like him are now using frequent bleach baths to fight breakouts and incidents of eczema. You can of course talk to your doctor or your child’s doctor about this to see if it’s right for you. But they have now estimated that as many as 1 in 5 school children suffer from eczema. And they have shown extremely significant differences and results in children studied so far.

In children, eczema, especially severe eczema, can lead to scratching, which tears up the skin. This can lead to serious skin infections including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). And some have even estimated that up to 90% of people with eczema have staph on their skin. 25% of the general population is estimated to have some kind of staph buildup on their skin. Traditionally, this has been treated with antibiotics. But many become resistant over time, and essentially, a bleach bath is doing the same thing for a much lower cost.

When using bleach baths for eczema treatment, you are asked to take a bleach bath for about 10 minutes twice a week. More frequent baths can be useful for more severe eczema or during specific eczema flare ups. The children who took bleach baths saw 5X greater results than those using the placebo. It’s not often that doctors will recommend anything natural, anything but prescriptions. But many doctors are recommending this to all of their patients with moderate to severe eczema. They actually stopped one of the studies 3 months early so that all of the children could actually see the benefits of bleach baths.

There are some concerns about bleach baths for obvious reasons. It can bleach clothes, towels, and the worry is that it can obviously seriously damage and break down skin cells. You are only combining an extremely small amount of bleach with your bath, and you are only sitting in it for 10 minutes max. In addition, many doctors specifically recommend that after rinsing off after the bleach bath, users apply a good, thick and yet approved moisturizer all over the body. This will help to combat any associated dryness, redness, peeling, etc that you might expect from bleach. And with such significant results, obviously, a bleach bath cannot be easily ignored. They may seem disconcerting at first. But the wave of bleach baths as a treatment is quickly growing in popularity, and they are seeing few if any problems.

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