How are repeated cutaneous infections in pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD) treated?

Updated: Jun 03, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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For children with repeated cutaneous infections, adding 2 teaspoons of household bleach (eg, Clorox) per gallon of bath water can help reduce the incidence of such infections. A typical bathtub holds approximately 25-40 gallons of water. During acute atopic dermatitis exacerbations, pouring 1 cup of table salt into the bath may ameliorate the stinging effect these children frequently experience while bathing.


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