Wet Wraps for Eczema

Continuing on the theme of eczema after the wonderful guest post by Marcie’s Mom, I thought we could talk about wet wraps in more detail.

Wet wraps have been shown in research studies to be quite effective in helping to treat and prevent eczema and is a remedy that can be easily done at home.  And it’s not expensive!  So what does it entail?

1) The skin must be moistened and hydrated. And by moistened, I mean in a bathtub ideally.  After stepping out of the bath (or shower if you don’t have a tub), pat the skin dry. Avoid rubbing.

2) Apply a thick moisturizer or topical medications as instructed by your physician.

3) Prepare a set of damp cotton pajamas by soaking it in a tub of lukewarm water and then wringing dry.  If you want to get fancy, you can buy special pajamas or wraps for this purpose.  Put on the pair of pajamas — it may be more comfortable to have the seams facing outward.

4) You can wear a set of dry pajamas on top.

Some people like having waterproof bedding just in case there is some dampness that seeps through.

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