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Eczema? Ask Your Doctor About a Bleach Bath

SATURDAY, Oct. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Bleach baths can ease symptoms of moderate to severe eczema and reduce the risk of skin infections, a dermatologist says.

Eczema causes itchy, red, scaly skin. It's often triggered by cold weather or allergens, and can be a chronic source of discomfort.

"Bleach is antibacterial, and studies have shown that a diluted bleach bath may reduce eczema symptoms by reducing bacteria and inflammation on the skin," said New York-based dermatologist Dr. Ross Radusky.

"However, it's important to follow your dermatologist's recommendations carefully in order for this treatment to be safe and effective," he said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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