Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are making efforts to understand the application of the inexpensive and widely available household chemical, sodium hypochlorite known as bleach, to prevent and treat conditions like skin damage caused by radiation therapy in cancers, excess sun exposure or aging etc.
The study was conducted on mice to understand how this works. It is known that dilute bleach baths have been used for decades to treat moderate to severe eczema in humans. Now the researchers have made an attempt to understanding How It Works at molecular level. Authors say that the results are encouraging. Now the researchers are considering clinical trials in humans. If the study proved beneficial in humans as well, then it will probably help address:
“It’s possible that, in addition to being beneficial to radiation dermatitis, it could also aid in healing wounds like diabetic ulcers,” Leung said. “This is exciting because there are so few side effects to dilute bleach. We may have identified other ways to use hypochlorite to really help patients. It could be easy, safe and inexpensive.” Thomas Leung is the lead author of the study.