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Eczema has sufferers wringing their hands over what to do for relief


Houston, Texas – According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, eczema cases are increasing and currently affect between 9 to 30 percent of the U.S. population.

For Sheryl, 44, and mother of two teenage daughters, knowing she wasn’t alone provided little relief from scaly, itchy and constantly inflamed hands she suffered from on a daily basis.

“I tried every everything I could literally get my hands on and into,” said Sheryl, a corporate controller who lived in terror of having to shake hands. “I tried cortisone creams, aloe lotions, antibacterial ointments, vitamin E capsules, gloves of all types, and nothing seemed to work. It was so embarrassing!”

Fortunately for Sheryl, she managed to get some relief by trying something that had been sitting in her pantry for months, Crisco shortening. Many others aren’t so lucky, and continue to search and suffer in silence.

From ultraviolet treatments to probiotics, natural remedies and eczema products abound on the Internet. However, there’s one simple and inexpensive treatment that’s showing real promise among school-age children, of which an estimated 17 percent are impacted by eczema. In research conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, pediatric eczema patients treated with diluted bleach baths realized a reduction of eczema severity five times greater than those treated with placebos.

Unlike antibiotic treatments, researchers believe that a simple bleach solution may be effective because it kills bacteria without creating bacterial resistance.

Experts believe that eczema actually begins in infancy and tends to run in families. And while the cause remains unknown, the condition appears to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to environmental triggers, such as whether conditions, certain materials, or household products including soaps and detergents.

The good news is that eczema isn’t contagious, and while there is no cure, becoming aware of “triggers” in an individual’s life can play a significant role in reducing outbreaks. According to, for children “the pillar of treatment is centered on preventing dryness and keeping the skin sufficiently moist.”


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