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Dry Wrap Therapy for Eczema - An Alternative to Topical Steroids.

Dry Wrap Therapy for Eczema - An Alternative to Topical Steroids.

Anne Fairchild McVey

Dry Wrap Therapy is an Effective Treatment for Mild to Moderate Eczema.

There is growing concern about the side effects of topical steroids for treating eczema.  The National Eczema Association has even established a Task Force to learn more about it  (http://nationaleczema.org/nea-forms-scientific-advisory-committee-task-force-study-topical-steroid-addiction/).  All you need to do is go on the National Eczema Association's Support Forum and read about the individual's suffering from Topical Steroid Withdrawal and Addiction to realize you may want to go light on steroids when treating eczema, especially if it's a child or baby with eczema (https://www.inspire.com/groups/national-eczema-association).  

The International Topical Steroid Awareness Network (http://www.itsan.org) recommends using topical steroids after all other therapies have failed and for a maximum of two weeks.  Sufferers of Red Skin Syndrome say the temporary relief from topical steroids is just a bandaid and not worth the suffering from the addiction it causes.  This video is very informative on topical steroid addiction and withdrawal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JNVj6eAHDs).

What should you do with eczema if you want to avoid topical steroids?  Wrap it.  Dry Wrapping is a great treatment for mild to moderate eczema.  If done successfully, it can calm the itch and help repair the skin barrier.  For moderate to severe eczema you will need to Wet Wrap.  This article discusses Dry Wrapping.  Please visit www.adrescuewear.com for more information on Wet Wrapping eczema.

To effectively treat eczema through Dry Wrap Therapy you need the right tools.  Dry Wrap Therapy can be a simple and soothing process if the right tools are used. It makes all the difference to have garments designed to make the process easy and comfortable.

The AD RescueWear Wrap-E-Soothe garments are made specifically for Dry Wrap Therapy for successfully treating stubborn eczema. Although some may say the product line is expensive, the Wrap-E-Soothe products are well worth it in comfort and ease of use. The process takes seconds or minutes depending on the eczema. The Wrap-E-Soothe suit takes two minutes, the Wrap-E-Soothe sleeves take seconds.

Why Is the Wrap-E-Soothe Fabric Superior For Eczema?

Tencel® is a New Age Fiber and Revolutionary for eczema sufferers!

Most eczema fabrics have chemicals weaved into the fabric to kill bacteria. Wrap-E-Soothe, eco-friendly fabric has all the same benefits for eczema sufferers but it soothes eczema naturally. Tencel® is one of the softest fabrics in the world, has anti-itch properties, stays close to the skin for effective treatment and greatly inhibits the growth of bacteria on the fabric promoting healthy skin.

Most Important – Children LOVE the Ultra Soft Fabric for Dry Wrap Therapy. The Wrap-E-Soothe garments immediately soothe and calm the itch and begin to repair the skin barrier. Many parents report having trouble getting the Wrap-E-Soothe products off their children when the treatment is complete. The children love the fabric dry and continue to wear the Wrap-E-Soothe products dry as an eczema soothing, anti-itch protective layer.

For Dry Wrap Therapy for Eczema just follow the below instructions.

1.  Soak in a lukewarm tub for 10-20 minutes.  Hot water is not advised as it strips the skin of natural emollients.

2.  Pat dry with a clean towel and immediately apply an emollient while skin is still damp.  Do not rub with the towel, rubbing will irritate the eczema.  You can't overdose on emollient so apply liberally.  Vaniply is a wonderful emollient for eczema and has the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance.

3.  Apply the dry wrap.  The dry wrap will help the emollient stay on the skin.  Wraps specifically designed for Dry Wrapping eczema are most beneficial.  Tencel® is the best fabric for wrapping eczema.  Visit www.ADRescueWear.com for Tencel® eczema wraps.

4.  Apply regular clothing or approved sleepwear over the dry wrap.

If the eczema is stubborn you will need to do the above process but apply a damp wrap instead of the dry wrap.  Below is a simple diagram of the Wet Wrap Therapy process for stubborn eczema.