Nor Tex...answer to your question about bubble bath

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Christine1946
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   Posted 4/20/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
     I took a bubble bath with bubbles I purchased from the Dollar Store.  The following day, I noticed little sores on the outside of my vaginal area.  Within the next two days I was suffering with a full blown flare.  When I mentioned this to my GI doctor, he was in agreement with me.  He explained that for the average person....the bubble bath would be no problem, but if there were any bacteria in that bubble bath it could certainly cause a flare.  My immune system goes into high gear upon meeting a foreign substance and it literally attacks itself.  I should have known better though.  My friend's daughter developed a severe kidney infection from bubble bath.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


hana24
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   Posted 4/21/2009 5:03 AM (GMT -6)   
That is scary - I take baths all the time because they help my pain
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Nor_TX
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I'm sorry that product caused a problem with you. I use baby bath stuff or Lavender bath soak. I will definitely stay away from the other bubble bath stuff.

Thanks for the info.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
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                   10 mg. Celexa daily
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princesa
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
hana24 said...
That is scary - I take baths all the time because they help my pain

There's nothing wrong with taking a hot bath to ease pain and promote relaxation. Rather than using bubbles, try natural sea salt for easing pain, relieving tension and coaxing out toxins.
 
http://www.ecoviva.com/html/scented-sea-salts.php
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
This is certainly an eye opener! I also use bubblebath, but I guess I should switch to the bath soak or salt products mentioned here.

What is it about bubblebath that makes it prone to bacterial contamination and not the soak/salt products?
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Christine1946
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
     Glad I could share this helpful info with you good people.  Yep, sure was an eye opener for me too.  I do enjoy an nice hot relaxing bath from time to time, but make sure the tub is scrubbed out and dried first.  Then I just use good ole H2O.  Who knows, maybe the Dollar Store stuff was imported from China...lol. 
     Oh, and you mentioned the crabcakes.....I suffered flares twice after consuming crabcakes.  Don't know whether this was just a fluke or it could have been the fillers used in them.  I should mention that the crabcakes were from the same restaurant both times!!!  Needless to say, I no longer eat crabcakes or frequent that restaurant.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


GangGreen
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   Posted 4/22/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Y'all may laugh, but I find the cheapest, most comforting and safe (at least for me) product is Mr. Bubble.  Plus it has aloe in it, which makes my (sometimes) sore bottom feel better.

dx UC Dec. 2001
currently in remission
 
Meds: asacol 6(400mg)/day
         entocort 3(3mg)/day
         canasa 1(1000mg)/day
         Culturelle 1/day
 


subdued
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   Posted 4/22/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I take baths, but I don't take salt baths. They are generally used as a laxative.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I think they only work as a laxative if you drink them, not soak in them. The salt baths are great to heal fissures.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


subdued
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   Posted 4/23/2009 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Sulfates are laxatives. Both Epsom salts and sea salts contain sulfates, which are absorbed through the skin and used as laxatives in baths.

I used to love taking salt baths before I found out I had Colitis.

During my second flare when I was going to the bathroom every 15-30 minutes, I was taking Epsom salt baths and drinking V8. That was before I found out I had Colitis.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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