Healthy Living & Prevention in El Paso


It’s bath time!

It’s bath time!

30 Apr 2020 by Ted Escobedo   3 min read

If you watched TV in the 1970’s you became familiar with the cry, “Calgon -Take me Away!” Calgon, for those who may not know, was a sudsy bath liquid that invited women to leave their stress behind and transport them magically to the calm serenity of a luxurious bath tub. Well,that sounds pretty good right about now.

If you haven’t taken a long bath since before you could stand, maybe it’s time to rediscover this ancient pleasure. Baths are great for relieving anxiety and offer many other health benefits. As a general rule: hot baths are relaxing and stimulating; cool baths can reduce inflammation and help ease aches and pains.

  • Bathing helps to detoxify the skin by removing dead skin and old medications that have built up.
  • Bathing relieves inflammation and itching of the skin.
  • Bathing helps with inflammation and general aches and pains.

  • Things to know:

    The temperature of the water should be comfortable. The bath should not last longer than 20-30 minutes because of the tendency of these soaks to soften and wear away the skin.

    A bath mat should be used, since medications and bath soaps may cause the floor of the tub to be slippery.

    The tub should be filled half—full with water at a comfortable temperature. The water should not be allowed to cool too much. If an emollient action is needed, the patient should apply a lubricating agent to the skin after the bath, since this increases hydration

    Preparing your bath, additives and their benefits

    Different types of therapeutic baths are used for different conditions:

  • colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal that has been ground into a fine powder, e.g. Aveeno) coats, soothes, stops itch and doesn't dry out the skin
  • Potassium permanganate - a dark purple salt—makes a good disinfectant
  • bath oils are used as an emollient to ease itchy skin and eczema
  • cornstarch is a soothing, drying bath for itchy skin
  • sodium bicarbonate can be cooling for hot, dry skin conditions
  • saline (salt) water baths are used to treat lesions scattered over the body
  • epsom salt is ideal for reducing inflammation.

  • Preparation

    Keep the room warm to minimize temperature fluctuations. This precaution is particularly important when bathing elderly patients.


    After the bath, the skin should be blotted (not rubbed) carefully with a towel. The patient should wear loose, light clothing after the bath.

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