the SKINny girl

living with eczema, allergies and other skin issues

Wet Wraps

My allergist recommended I do wet wraps on my hands because the eczema had gotten so severe. I no longer use wet wraps because of the skin thinning consequence of using topical steroids. They did work for me, at first. My hands got better, but soon after, the rashes surfaced again.

Soaking hands for eczema

Wet wraps can be a useful tool in the intensive treatment of atopic dermatitis. They serve as an effective barrier to scratching, increase skin hydration and promote more restful sleep. they also act as an occlusive barrier that increases penetration of medications into the skin. Wet wraps should be reserved for severe flares and used only for a few days at a time. If the emollient creams are not used properly under the wraps, skin dryness can actually be increased.

  1. Gather your supplies. You will need the topical steroid and emollient cream prescribed. the wraps themselves consist of a bottom (“wet layer”) and a top (“dry layer”). Cotton sleepers, pajamas, or long johns may be used. It will be necessary to have two of the materials chosen. Use wet socks over the hands and feet. Prepare warm water in a sink or a bas
  2. Apply the steroid ointment or cream. Using tongue depressors (similar to how a spatula is used in cooking), apply the steroid directly to the skin.
  3. Apply the emollient to the clear areas of the skin. Do not layer emollients over the steroid cream.
  4. Take a layer of the wrap or one sock and soak it in warm water.
  5. Wring out any excess water until this bottom “wet layer” is only very slightly damp.
  6. Wrap the affected area with the “wet layer” material. Make sure the “wet layer” is not too tight.
  7. Immediately put the “dry layer” over the “wet layer.” Do not cover with plastic; the dampness must be allowed to evaporate.
  8. Make sure you are in a warm environment. This helps to promote a higher degree of humidity. It also ensures that you do not get too cold as the evaporation process happens.
  9. Leave the wraps on for a few hours as prescribed by the physician. Maintain close contact with the physician while undergoing the use of wet wraps.

Dry layer socks for eczema wet wrap

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