16 November 2018

Eczema Wet Wrap Therapy Instructions

Try eczema wet wrap therapy for natural relief from eczema or atopic dermatitis.  

I've been battling eczema on my hand for a few years now.  I'd never had eczema in my life until a few years ago when all of a sudden I started getting in on my hand.  I narrowed it down to hand soaps.

I can use a few store bought soaps, but nearly every soap in the big dispensers irritates my eczema.  I started making soap petals so I would have soap to take with me, but I ran out a few months ago and used soap several times in one day. 


That night, I was itching like crazy and had a large red patch on my hand.  Within a few days, it was so bad that it basically one large scaly patch.  

Soon, I got really deep cracks and it was bleeding, and it was spreading.

I was using my eczema relief salve.  It would look better for about an hour, then it would go right back to being a large scale.  My hand looked like it had been burned it was so bad.  

At this point, I was very frustrated because nothing was helping.  I'd never been so bad that my salves or carrier oils didn't work.  

I was about to make an appointment with my doctor when I started looking for natural eczema relief.  I knew it would be a few weeks before I could get to the doctor, and I was pretty desperate at this point.  

That's when I discovered wet wrap therapy.  It wasn't invasive, and it just used water, so what could it hurt?  

It ended up almost clearing my eczema in two days.  Two days!  

ECZEMA WET WRAP THERAPY INSTRUCTIONS


WHAT IS ECZEMA WET WRAP THERAPY?


Wet wrap therapy isn't commonly known, but it's very easy to do.  I'll go into the full instructions below, but basically you wet the skin, apply a lotion, and then wrap the skin in wet towels.  

It can be used on moderate to severe eczema.  My eczema was on the severe side because it had deep cracks that were bleeding.  

It helps create a moist physical barrier for your skin.  This not only helps helps moisturize your skin, but it also helps soften your skin so the lotion, cream, or salve can penetrate the skin deeper.  

Wet wrapping also creates a physical barrier so you don't scratch.  Mine itched like crazy.  I didn't think I was scratching it, but my hand started to bruise.  I must have been scratching in my sleep, which caused a bruise.  

I can imagine that a child would have a horrible time not scratching their eczema, so this may help reduce scratching.

Luckily, I have a lot of salves, creams, and lotions, so I didn't really have to buy anything to treat my eczema.  But I've heard of people trying product after product and getting prescriptions to treat their eczema.  This gets expensive quick!

This eczema wet wrap therapy was completely free for me.  I had everything that I needed.  If you are treating a large area, it may be easier to buy some wraps, but you can definitely get creative and use what you have to try it before you buy anything.  

In a recent study, children who did wet wrap therapy for atopic dermatitis saw up to 70 percent improvement in symptoms.  

HOW TO WET WRAP FOR ECZEMA


In order to wet wrap, you'll need the following:
  • Water
  • Eczema lotion, cream, or salve (do not use a medicated cream or one with a steroid unless directed to by your doctor)
  • Cotton cloth or cotton pajamas
  • Dry pajamas or clothes or a glove for eczema on your hand or a sock for your feet

STEP #1


Take a bath or soak the area that has eczema for 20 minutes.  Do not use any soap, bubble bath, or any other product.  

STEP #2


Towel dry the area and apply a cream or salve.  I used my homemade eczema salve.  Other good choices are:

STEP #3


Wet a cotton cloth or an eczema wrap.  

I used a medical bandage since the area was small.  If you are covering a large area, they have sleeves for arms and legs on Amazon.  You can also use zinc infused cloths for larger areas. 


STEP #4


Cover the wrap with a dry layer.  I used a latex glove for my hand and cut off the fingers so I could still work. 


For larger areas, pajamas, thermal underwear, or any tighter fitting clothing will work.  

Leave on for at least two hours.  You can also leave it on overnight.  

I left mine on for 2 hours at a time.  I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle with water to wet it when it got dry.  

STEP #5


Remove the dry and wet layers and reapply the cream or moisturizer.  

Repeat this 2-3 times a day.  

I noticed a difference after the first wet wrap therapy treatment.  I did it three times a day for two days.  By then, my skin looked almost healed.  

It's been three weeks now.  I keep my hands moisturized with a daily moisturizer in the morning.  At night, I use my eczema salve.  My eczema is hardly even noticeable.  

I finally got eczema relief, and it was free!  

You can also do what's called a dry wrap therapy.  This may be a better option for children or if you have eczema on large areas.  

For dry wrap therapy, you apply a lotion and cover the area with dry cloth and don't use a wet layer.  I would imagine that this would be more comfortable at night or when it's cold.  

As always, talk to your doctor before you start any treatment.  I have no idea if this will help your eczema, but it's free and only takes a few minutes, so it's worth trying.  



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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.