rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Are hot baths good or bad for people with eczema? All the advice points to avoiding hot baths at all costs and instead having cold or luke warm baths.

However in my experience a luke warm bath is a very poor consolation for a lovely hot one.

And on the contrary, I find a really hot bath, almost as hot as I can bear to get into, is actually much better for my skin that a colder one. Why?

I’m not sure.

Perhaps because my eczema is very much triggered by foods, so perhaps the heat of the bath makes my body sweat out the toxins it’s trying to rid itself of faster.

Maybe the sores that get infected heal quicker… Or does the hot water kill off bacteria on my skin that otherwise might take hold and leave nasty yellow infected bits which can then spread if you’re not careful.

Maybe it’s the tea tree oil I add to the bath that also helps. I add a few drops to aid healing.

Epsom salts or any salt in the bath can also help with healing and I find this really does work.

What I wanted to know was, do you avoid hot baths or find they really help your eczema skin?

Please, please be careful though, I would hate to make anyone’s skin worse for trying this and finding their skin was painful and they got really itchy. I’m just interested and intrigued to find out whether it’s just me.

I don’t find the hot bath makes me more itchy at all, maybe the pain of the hot water helps… who knows. Maybe I’m just weird.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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