This past summer I had some itchy rash issues and just could not seem to get rid of it. My doctor suggested that I try Domeboro Soaks. I went out and bought it and then realized it was the same thing as Burow’s Solution, which I had already purchased. The main difference is that the Burow’s Solution is a 1% Aluminum Acetate topical solution(liquid) that you dilute with water, where the Domeboro is a packet with powder that you mix with 16 oz of water. Since you have to mix up a fresh solution each time you use it, I felt mixing up 16 oz of solution each time would be a huge waste. I do use the packets for travel because they are more convenient to pack, but at home I prefer using the solution because I can mix up only the small amount of the solution that I need.
Burow’s Solution is a 1% solution of Aluminum Acetate. It is meant to be diluted and not used straight. There are different dilutions given on the back of the 12oz bottle. I am guessing that different situations might call for different strengths. My doctor told me while dilution to use for my itching. It is a clear liquid. It has a very mild metallic or Salty Scent. It is very mild so almost undetectable. The solution looks and has the consistency of water. There is no scent added to the solution.
Ingredients: Glacial Acetic Acid, DI Water, Aluminum Acetate.
Using the Solution
Depending on what you are using it for, you will use a specific dilution. It can be used for poison ivy, athletes foot, insect bites and general rashes. Burow’s has been around for a very long time and when I was reading about it on the internet I actually found it in some text of a very old nursing book. I felt good about using such a tried and true remedy, but was surprised I had never heard of it.
To use the solution, simply mix at the proper strength with plain water. Then saturate a towel or soft cotton cloth with the solution and apply to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time as needed. An cotton cloth diaper is perfect because it is so absorbent and will hold a lot of liquid without dripping all over. This solution is safe for most parts of the body but keep away from eyes. It is safe to use this solution as often as needed.
How well it Works
Burow’s Solution worked great for the rash I had. It helps to relieve itching and even aid in healing since it is a mild astringent. I had to use it quite often for awhile and one of the things I liked about it, is that it did not sting like some other things I had tried. The other thing I liked was that it did not dry out my skin too much, and it would relieve the itch for several hours at a time.
The product works almost immediately to relieve the itch. I had tried a variety of creams, gels and ointments and nothing would give me complete relief. Within seconds of applying the soak, I could feel the itch subside. Within 5 minutes it was almost gone, and by the end of the soak it was completely gone. I had to reapply about every 3-4 hrs for a few days until the cause of the rash subsided.
I guess it was kind of inconvenient to have to sit with a wet rag on a rash and a topical cream would be easier to deal with, but none of the creams I tried worked and I liked that this did not leave a greasy residue. If you have a really bad itch and need to stop scratching, I would recommend trying Burow’s Solution.