Wet Wrap Therapy Helps Severe Eczema

wet towelsYour child, or you, has severe eczema (atopic dermatitis) and you have tried everything, all the steroid creams, and the immunosuppresion (topical or even oral steroids). What if something as simple as soaking in a tub of pure water (no soap) and wearing wet clothes covered by dry ones 2-3 times a day for a couple hours could heal you?

The study listed below did just that and patients benefited greatly.

In this study of 72 children with severe eczema, they soaked in a tub of warm water for 10-20 minutes, then, while still damp, had their topical medications applied to the areas of severe eczema and moisturizers to the rest of the body, and either dressed with wet clothes or wraps covered with dry clothes. They kept these on for 2 hours and did this 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks.  There was a 71% decrease in symptoms and improvement lasted a month after these treatments were stopped. None of the children needed immunosuppressive therapy and the authors report that only 31% needed antibiotics. Their use of “only” implies they were used to using more antibiotics than that. 

I was taught in the use of soaks and wet wraps 30 years ago, and this technique is still being taught at the NCNM, the Naturopathic college here in Portland. In addition to providing local moisture for this dry and damaged skin, this technique actually boosts the immune system which may explain the lasting benefits seen in this study.

I would add that if you or your child suffers form eczema or dry skin conditions, you should have food sensitivity testing (IgG) done.  In close to 100% of cases, this testing has shown which foods are triggering the eczema when traditional allergy testing has failed to answer the question. 

If you live near Portland, Oregon; for children contact Integrative Pediatrics LLC (www.drpaul.md) and for adults and families contact Natura (www.naturaintegrativemedicine.com) and we can order that testing, along with providing comprehensive integrative medicine care, should you need or desire that.


 You can read the study here…


Dr. Paul




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