i remember when i was kid my doc gav me this liquid i was supposed to put my hands in it n soak for several mins. it was extremely uncomfortable n painful. i still did it but it never cured my eczema. now i'm thinking may be it was some kind of bleach or acid.
i wonder how this bath feels on skin. i hope it doesn't itch or burn like that solution.
I recall, at our hospital's burn center a bath of sodium hypochlorite, well-diluted in water is used to debride necrotic tissue in burn victims. Go to your laundry room, pick up the bottle of clorox or any other generic bleach and you will find that the chemical "sodium hypochlorite" is one in the same.
So I'm supposin' I could generalize the treatment for burn patients to use in the treatment of individuals with eczema. The treatment likely sloughs off the flaky build up of skin cells? Cool.
i don't think i would sit in a tub of bleach water even if it was watered down to where i couldn't smell it. it would burn the open sores. water burns open sores so i know bleach would make it worse. just showering with a clean terrycloth can remove the plaque build up. i use a moisturizing body wash from dial. before i am dry i apply a moisturizer to keep the scalies away. i do believe in using bleach to clean. but i think i would cause skin damage down the road. and i hate the smell of bleach on my skin. it lasts forever.
For three years, I was covered with eczema from head to toe. I drew blood. A lot. I would wake up in the middle of the night scratching. Went through three dermatologists, each referring me to the other. Had numerous types of skin tests. Tried various medicated ointments. Was on steroids. Went on an immunosuppressant and was fine until I started experiencing unpleasant side effects. Found a fourth dermatologist on my own who recommended plain, no frills bleach.
Three times a week for about three weeks I would sit for 5 minutes in a full bath with 1/2 cup of bleach (1/4 cup of bleach for 1/2 bath). Yes, I would also splash my face with it and lay my head back in it. Really, what did I have to lose? Rinse, pat dry, apply medicated ointments, then moisturize, moisturize with Cetaphil cream or Vaseline. I applied Hydrocortisone cream to my scalp, followed with jojoba oil until my scalp no longer felt dry. I noticed a dramatic difference after two weeks. After about a month, bleach baths became a 2x per week occurrence, then 1x per week. In less than two months, my skin was healthy again. I still get patches of eczema (due to laziness with my moisturizing regime), but nothing close to what I experienced.
Eczema is the worst! Personally I switched my shower soap from dove to St Ives oatmeal and shea butter. In addition I started applying vaseline moisture conditioning 2x a day everywhere in addition to cortizone10 on already affected areas. It took a few weeks but my skin is so much better!