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    What are home remedies I can use to treat my eczema?

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    Dr Anne Halbert

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Dr Anne Halbert is a paediatric dermatologist in Perth, Western Australia. After completing her dermatology training and becoming a Fellow of the Australasian College of … View Profile

    When children are very itchy a home made oatmeal bath can be soothing. This involves placing half a cup of oats in a stocking and squeezing water through until it looks slightly milky. A few drops of oil can also be added (either olive oil or one of the dispersible oils available from the pharmacy).

    If children are frequently getting infected eczema, dilute bleach baths can be used. This involves placing half a cup of White King bleach in a deep bath twice a week. Although it sounds like it would be harsh, it doesn’t sting, is not excessively drying and greatly reduces the amount of oral antibiotics that have to be prescribed.

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    The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    For itchy sufferers a packet of frozen peas placed on the site can help numb the itchiness.
    Also, keep moisturiser in the refrigerator so it is soothing and cool when placed on hot itchy skin.
    Stay away from open windows at home to minimize pollen and dust collection (especially at the moment - Spring).
    When out and about in parks/gardens etc - have a quick rinse off in the shower as soon as you get home using some soap free wash and then moisturise - this helps to wash off collected allergens. 
    Place some bowls of water in each room if air-conditioning is on to add some moisture to the air and scale up your moisturiser use.

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