Bleach Baths for Eczema Symptoms

Dr. Jeffrey Poole Metairie

By Jeffrey C. Poole, MD

Metairie, Louisiana 70005

Physician (MD, DO), Dermatology


“I prefer the term ‘swimming pool baths’ for dilute bleach baths since this is essentially what they are–the same level of chlorine (bleach) that you find in your own backyard or neighborhood pool.¬† We in Pediatric Dermatology have been using this therapy for years with our patients with atopic dermatitis / eczema. This is a very good adjunctive treatment for many children with eczema, especially those with frequent skin infections.

It is well accepted that the naturally occurring bacteria on our skin may trigger or flare bouts of eczema, and patients with eczema are at a higher risk of skin infection due to their compromised skin barrier function. The use of this safe, readily available therapy can improve patients atopic dermatitis by decreasing the severity and frequency of flares and secondary infections. While most children with atopic dermatitis are generally mild enough that swimming pool baths are not necessary, anybody with moderate/severe or poorly controlled eczema should consider adding this to their routine. Be sure to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist, ideally one with an interest in eczema, to maximize all the components of you or your child’s skin care regimen.”