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What are possible risks of having oatmeal bath for itchy skin?

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The water should feel soft and silky on your skin. If you soak too long, your skin will dry out. That’ll make your itch worse.

Oatmeal is safe for most people. But you might get a skin rash from it. Your doctor will call this contact dermatitis. If your skin is red and itchy after an oatmeal bath, don't try it again. Topical steroid creams or antihistamine pills can help. See your doctor if the rash doesn't clear up.

From: Oatmeal Baths for Itchy Skin WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/18/2017

SOURCES:

DermNet New Zealand: "Oatmeal."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Home remedies: What can relieve itchy eczema?" "How to relieve itchy skin?"

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology : "Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin," "Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties."

Cleveland Clinic: "Contact Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

SOURCES:

DermNet New Zealand: "Oatmeal."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Home remedies: What can relieve itchy eczema?" "How to relieve itchy skin?"

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology : "Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin," "Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties."

Cleveland Clinic: "Contact Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 18, 2017

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