Bath

The antibiotics against the bacterial infection did its magic and by the end of the treatment J.’s skin was still red but smooth with no new pustules and the old one were nicely healing off. He also didn’t scratch much and seemed very happy. However, after we stopped the antibiotics J. started scratching again more frequently and it almost looks like some sort of rebound effect. I remember that we had something similar the last time we gave him antibiotics. It seems that after the treatment with antibiotics the skin has a hard time coming back to a “normal” bacterial flora (which is a problem of eczema skin anyway), and maybe what we see is in fact the overgrowth of some bacteria that increase the itchiness. I want to read more on that and have a whole stack of papers laying here that are waiting to be read – but juggling a full-time research job (not in eczema research unfortunately) and trying to be a good mom and wife doesn’t leave much extra time…

Our main issue right now is how to prevent another outbreak of a bacterial infection. We are washing hands often with soap and brush nails with a nail brush. We change cloths/bedding often.  One thing I am still unsure about is the bath: how often is too much and how little too little? The general recommendation seems to be the less the better because even a short acidic bath will increase the pH value of the skin which promotes bacterial growth, and any bath will dry the skin. So far we are bathing once a week. Is this too much or too little? A good friend suggested a daily short shower to get rid of the dead skin and other irritants. Especially the dead skin might be an issue and a good hiding place for unwelcome bacteria. We will try short showers for a week and see how it goes. Many also recommend a bath with bleach added. I didn’t try it yet mainly because I haven’t found a good product. I guess, it should basically be some chloride-compound (some form of sodium-chloride)? Most of the bleach products I find have all sorts of things added and I am hesitant to use them. The safest is probably the type of chloride people add to their swimming pools. May be I can find this somewhere?

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One Response to Bath

  1. chichipress says:

    it’s like swimming in a chlorinated pool but with even less chlorine.
    There was even a Stanford study that said:
    “We found that the bleach solution oxidizes and inhibits an activator necessary for NF-kB to enter the nucleus, essentially blocking NF-kB’s effect,” Leung said. When the researchers mutated the activator to be oxidation-resistant, NF-kB’s gene targeting activity was unhindered.”

    http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2013/11/inflammatory-skin-damage-in-mice-blocked-by-bleach-solution-study-finds.html

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