Wet wraps’ are wet bandages being wrapped over an emollient medicine or topical steroid creams to areas of red, hot, weeping eczema (more often due to atopic dermatitis). These are dressings, made from articles of clothing, that have been soaked in water with a dry layer applied on top.
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Wet wrap therapy consists of soaking and sealing the skin in the following way:
- First, a bath to soak the skin.
- Then, The skin is lightly dried, then sealed with a heavy layer of cream or balm/ointment that soothes.
- Next cover the skin with damp clothing or a layer of damp bandages.
- Now top with a layer of dry clothing or bandages.
- Leave the wraps on for at least two hours.
The benefits of wet wrapping include:
- Lower itching and scratching
- Reduced redness and swelling
- Skin replenishment
- Better skin healing process
- Curtail steroid usage once the condition is controlled
- Better sleep
Here is the list of studies that support wet wrap therapy for atopic dermatitis.
“Outpatient Home-based Wet Wrap Dressings with Topical Steroids with Children with Severe Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatitis: A Feasibility Pilot Study”
“Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in Korea (Part I): General Management and Topical Treatment”
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