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Types of medicated baths for good skin | Reduce allergic reactions

BY: Deena David | Category: Nature | Post Date: 2009-08-12

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Almost all of us take bath every day. There are people who take bath more than once a day, depending on the lifestyle and the climate present. Most of us either have a hot shower or a cold shower. Some of us take bath in a bath tub. There are also some kinds of medicated baths that can be used to help a person to have good skin. These medicated baths also help in relieving people who have severe allergic reactions of the skin.

This article talks of the principles underlying a medicated bath and also the different types of baths.

Uses of medicated baths:

Medications that can be used are added to the bath water depends on the doctors advice and also depends on the condition that the person is suffering from. Mild and sever skin reactions can be treated with medicated baths. Itching can also be treated with medicated baths.

Principles of a medicated bath:

1. The temperature
of a medicated bath should be in the normal range. The temperature of the skin is 94 to 98 degree Fahrenheit. The water also should be of the similar temperature. If the water is warmer, it causes an increase in the itching and the discomfort. If the water is colder than the skin temperature, the soothing effect is lost. Checking the temperature of the water with a thermometer before taking the bath can be dome.

2. Covering: The water should cover the full body. Except the face, all parts of the body should be inside the water. A soft cloth can be used to lave the shoulders and face. This is done to prevent further irritation on the skin.

3. Falls: Prevent falls while getting in and out of the tub. This is because some of the medications used in the bath may be deposited on the bottom of the tub. This may cause the area to become more slippery.

4. Duration: The usual duration of a medicated bath is about ten to twenty minutes. After getting out of the bath the people using medicated baths should pat themselves dry and should not rub themselves dry. This is because the rubbing may increase the irritation of the skin.

The various types of medicated baths that help in relieving itching and skin reactions are listed below

1. Oatmeal bath:
Aveeno which is a finely ground oatmeal is simple to give. 2 cups of Aveeno is added to thirty gallons of water.

2. Soda bath: One pound of soda or sodium bicarbonate can be added to a full tub of water.

3. Starch bath: One pound of laundry starch can be used in a full tub.

4. Oil of Juniper or Oil of cade bath

5. Alpha Keri that is water dispersible oil can be used in the bath.

All the baths can be used if advised by a physician depending on the skin condition present. These baths help in relieving the skin irritation and itching. It also helps to relieve mild and moderate skin reactions.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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