Wet wraps for eczema are a great relief without side effects

Wet wraps for eczema are a great relief without side effects

Choose Wet Wraps Over Drugs For Kids with Eczema

Eczema is on the rise, particularly in children. However, there are studies emerging that are giving parents and doctors new hope. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a painful and itchy condition. One in five American children now suffers from eczema.

Powerful medications like topical steroids and immunosuppressants are used to control symptoms, however these drugs can cause concern in a lot of parents. The side effects of long-term use are unknown and topical steroid addiction is a side effect with growing concern (visit for more information on topical steroid addiction and red skin syndrome).

The best alternative treatment is wet wrap therapy for eczema. Up until July 2014, the wet wraps had not really been studied. However, new studies of wet wrap therapy showed that the practice really does have profound effects with an average reduction in symptoms of 71%. Children who participated in an in-patient study maintained healthy skin even a month after returning home. Of particular note, these children were able to back off from the medication that they had previously relied on including topical steroids.

Traditional wet wrap therapy is effective but can be labor intensive unless you purchase and use specialty eczema wraps designed for the treatment. Parents who participated in the study assure that the results are well worth the treatment. The technique must be followed carefully to insure optimum results. The steps are simple, especially if eczema wraps are used and now these wraps are covered by insurance companies and Medicaid.

  1. Child soaks in a lukewarm tub of water for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Child is removed from the tub and patted dry with a clean towel.
  3. Topical medication is sparingly applied quickly to the affected areas, and creams/ointments generously applied to the skin while the skin is still damp.
  4. Immediately dress the child in damp eczema wraps made of anti-itch tencel™ fabric. This damp layer seals in the moisture, stops the itch and repairs the skin barrier. It also brings down inflammation and decreases the staph bacteria found on the skin. Do not use wet wraps with dyes or infused with zinc. Studies have not been done with these types of chemicals on the skin with wet garments and inflamed skin. Cotton and synthetic fabrics can harbor bacteria and cause problems. Make sure the fabric is designed for wet wrapping.
  5. Dry eczema wraps or cotton clothing follows this damp treatment layer.
  6. Leave as is for at least 2 hours. The eczema wraps stay damp for 2 hours then become an anti-itch dry wrap. Please see the wet wrap therapy diagram below that was developed by the Boston Children's Hospital.
  7. Many parents report getting the eczema under control with wet wrap therapy then switching to dry wrapping to maintain control.

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Probiotics and Eczema

Probiotics and Eczema

Good news for eczema sufferers! In a recent study, children with eczema have shown clinical improvements from exposure to probiotics. Probiotics are a healthy form of live bacteria and yeasts that are known to be good for health, particularly for the digestive system. 

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Winter hands and feet - tips to stay soft and smooth

Winter hands and feet - tips to stay soft and smooth

Winter weather wreaks havoc on hands and feet. Cold, dry air during the winter months can mean cracked and painful skin and eczema flares. Preventative steps can help keep the skin barrier happy during winter months. 

Five tips to protect and care for hands and feet.

Shower Time – Make it Short and Not Too Hot.

Start the day with a lukewarm or warm, not hot shower and use a gentle cleanser formulated for eczema skin. It may be cold outside, and a hot shower feels good, but a hot, long shower tends to dry out the skin. And always rinse off well.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

Apply a good amount of emollient on damp skin. Applying emollient to damp skin will help seal in the moisture from the shower or bath. Moisturizers such as Vanicream work best over damp skin. Wear eczema socks and gloves over an emollient at bedtime.

eczema socks

Cover Up before Heading Outside.

When venturing outside, wearing gloves will protect the delicate skin on hands from wind and cold. Put an eczema hand cream on before applying gloves. If you have wool or rough heavy duty gloves it may be soothing to wear your lightweight pair underneath. To protect feet, choose the right type of socks. Socks made with wool or polyester can irritate eczema. Look for lightweight and breathable fabrics such as 100% cotton or bamboo viscose socks. Breathable fabrics can help to prevent sweat from building up causing an increase in bacteria and sweat can make feet feel colder. Pack an extra pair of socks with you so you aren’t left wearing a pair of damp socks which could make eczema worse.

Wash Hands Carefully.

Winter is also cold and flu season, so many people wash hands more than ever. While this is a good practice it will also really dry skin out. Some commercial hand washes can be very harsh. It can be helpful to bring your favorite gentle cleanser and hand moisturizer to work or school so you’re never without. Prevent cracked hands by applying emollient or moisturizer immediately after washing.

Share the Love.

Preparing hands and feet for the winter can help prevent painful itchy and cracked skin and almost everyone experiences dry skin in the winter. Don’t forget friends and family this season who have dry or eczema skin. Gift sets or travel size winter skin care staples like emollient moisturizers, soft gloves, and socks make great stocking stuffers. 

This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition.



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