Did you know? 35 million Americans have eczema. It is a chronic skin condition causing inflammation, dry, reddish and itchy skin. The symptoms of eczema are life disturbing. They not only torment the patient on a physical level, but also lead to depression and low self-esteem due to the strange looking skin and annoying symptoms.
While medications soothe the signs, there are many healing baths that can ease the flare ups. Here we have listed some of them.
Epsom Salt Bath:
Epsom salt has the goodness of magnesium. And magnesium keeps your skin hydrated. It means that your skill will stay hydrated with minimal dryness. This way, eczema flare up won’t torment you. Besides, magnesium is said to eliminate toxins from the body. In a nut shell, magnesium is an excellent skincare element.
Here’s how to take Epsom salt bath for eczema:
- Add 1-3 cups of Epsom salt to your bathtub of regular size filled with warm water.
- Stir well.
- Wait for 10 minutes to allow all the contents to be dissolved in water. Take the soak for nearly 10-20 minutes and gently pat it dry with a towel afterwards. Make sure to quickly apply the moisturizer.
What makes bleach suitable for eczema? First of all, it treats the skin infections which aggravates your eczema. Secondly, it heals the redness and scaling of the skin. To see better results, use it eczema’s medication and moisturizer.
All you need to add 1 cup of household bleach to a full tub of water (150 litre). Soak yourself or affected body parts for no more than 15 minutes. Wash off and pat dry with a towel. Immediately apply moisturizer afterwards. Take this bath 3 times a week.
(Note: Avoid using concentrated bleach. Don’t add more than the required percentage given here. Ask your physician when in doubt.)
Baking Soda Baths:
Baking soda is known for its antiseptic and cleansing properties. As an added bonus, it minimizes rashes and inflammation as well.
All you need to add 1 cup of baking soda to your bathtub filled with warm water. Stir well the content. Stay in the tub for 15-20 minutes. Wash off and pat dry with a towel. Needless to say—apply your moisturizer immediately.
Oatmeal is loaded with the goodness of oats. Oats soothes itchy, inflamed and sensitive skin. Plus, it improves the moisture level. No wonder that why it is being recommended by the dermatologists for eczema and other skin condition.
Here are some easy steps to prepare oatmeal bath at home…
- Grind one cup of oatmeal to the fine powder. To check the consistency, put one spoon of oatmeal powder in a cup of water. If the water turns milky white, it means it is ready to use, otherwise, grind it again.
- Add 3-4 cups of oatmeal powder to your bathtub filled with warm water. Stir well.
- Soak yourself or affected body parts for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse well.
- Pat dry with a towel. Make sure to apply a quality moisturizer right after that.
What to Keep in Mind While Taking These Baths?
Precautions also apply here. Be careful while taking them. Here are some precautions to follow.
- Avoid using hot water. Instead, take lukewarm water.
- Don’t put the ingredients in excess. Consult the doctor when in doubt.
- Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer immediately after each bath
- See if the bath can interact with your eczema medication. It is better if you consult your doctor for that.
These baths help soothe your skin and ease inflammation. Want to ask anything else? Do you have other bath ideas to cure eczema? Feel free to drop your comments to the sections given below.