The Wonders of Wet Wrap Therapy for Eczema
Eczema is a frustrating disease that affects not only the skin but has psychological implications as the itching can be relentless, especially at night. This itching affects sleep which in turn affects family relations, school performance in children and work performance in adults all from sleep deprivation. Some studies suggest the itch of eczema can deprive an adult or child of up to 2 hours of lost sleep at night.
What Can Be Done About the Itching at Night?
There are many studies that report the treatment of wet wrap therapy calms the itch and provides more restful sleep. Wet wrap therapy also repairs the skin barrier and decreases the staph bacteria found on the skin. Recent research reports wet wrap therapy can decrease eczema symptoms by 70% in just 5 easy treatments and also decreases the need for topical steroids which have side effects. If you are looking for studies to support this claim please visit the below websites.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2082699/ - A randomised study of "wet wraps" versus conventional treatment for atopic eczema.
http://www.jaci-inpractice.org/article/S2213-2198(14)00180-9/fulltext - Wet Wrap Therapy in Children with Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis in a Multidisciplinary Treatment Program.
http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(11)00824-3/abstract - Wet Wrap Therapy in Children with Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis in a Multidisciplinary Treatment Program.
http://www.dermatologiapediatrica.net/portal/images/stories/2007/09/dressing.pdf- Efficacy and safety of wet-wrap dressings in children with severe atopic dermatitis: influence of corticosteroid dilution.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1525-1470.2011.01691.x/abstract (If you would like this full article e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will e-mail you a pdf)
http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(11)00824-3/pdf (If you would like this full article e-mail email@example.com and we will e-mail you a pdf)
Wet wrap therapy is extremely simple if you have the right tools. Below are a list of essential tools for wet wrap therapy.
1. Tub or shower
2. Clean towel
3. Vaniply or an eczema emollient or cream
4. Prescription medication for eczema
5. Eczema wrap
6. Cotton clothing or approved sleepwear.
Below you will find a diagram and video showing the simple process of wet wrap therapy for eczema.