Dry Wraps and Long-Term Eczema Relief

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By Laura Dolgy (see bio below)

An eczema wrap is a useful tool in any eczema warrior’s arsenal, particularly dry wrapping, as it can provide advanced relief for more severe forms of eczema.

Discover what dry wrapping are and follow our how-to guide for overnight soothing and healing with dry wraps.

What is Dry Wrapping?

Dry wrapping is an at-home treatment for eczema sufferers that soothes skin, It involves moisturizing the skin, by applying a natural emollient and then covering the area with a thin layer of fabric to deepen treatment.

The process is typically done for an extended period of time, and people tend to find the most relief when it is done overnight. Dry wrapping is particularly helpful when you or your little one are dealing with severe nighttime itching.

Dry wraps can be made from clothing, bandages, or sleeves, but because eczema skin is extra sensitive, it is important that the dry wraps you are using are made with sensitive skin in mind. Although it can be simple cutting up clothing, opting for a certified organic product made specifically for this type of treatment can be much more useful. Normally these types of wraps are made from organic and soothing materials like bamboo, organic cotton, TENCEL and much more.

Eczema Wrap: Dry vs. Wet

Wet wrap therapy is also an option when trying to combat flare ups, but it often is a more immediate short-term relief than dry wrapping, as it can be a difficulty and lengthy process.

Wet wrapping consists of applying a natural emollient to the skin then applying dampened bandages or clothes are the problem area. Lastly, this area is wrapped with a dry layer to lock moisture in.

Wet wraps only have to be left on for approximately two hours, compared to the dry wrap ideal of overnight. Although there are differences between dry and wet wrapping, both can be extremely helpful in relieving the symptoms of more severe forms of eczema. The outer layer of fabric ensures that moisturizer lasts longer and protects sensitive skin from contact with environmental or contact triggers.

How to Dry Wrap

Dry wrapping is a relatively easy process. It can be modified for individuals very easily, so you can wrap your entire body as a preventative measure, or you can wrap individual parts like hands, arms, legs, or more.

Eczema clothing is designed to be breathable and cooling so there is no issue with wearing them overnight, but you can wear them under your clothing during the daytime for additional healing.

  1. Take a 20-minute bath in lukewarm water. Avoid water that is too hot or too cold that will dehydrate or tighten up skin. Do not use soap, although a mild, natural cleanser.  Pat dry after the shower, do not rub the skin, as this may cause irritation.
  2. Moisturize the area you intend to wrap with a natural cream or balm like the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. The organic beeswax, olive oil, and manuka honey guarantee deep moisturization without feeling greasy or oily. This is perfect for dry wrapping because the moisturizer sinks in gradually overnight. Once the cream or balm is applied, your skin should feel well hydrated and moist. If it still feels dry, apply another later of moisturizer and give it time to sink in.
  3. Cover the moisturized area with dry wraps or eczema clothing. Make sure the wraps and clothes are snug, so the moisturizer does not get smeared off.
  4. Leave the dry wrapping for as long as possible, overnight or all day is the best option.
  5. For more severe cases, repeat the process as necessary. Remove the dry layer in a few hours, re-moisturize the skin, and re-cover with the dry layer.  
  6. Continue to dry wrap as needed. It is often a good preventative measure to dry wrap if you may have been exposed to environmental or contact triggers.

Eczema Dry Wraps

As mentioned, we always suggest opting for specializing eczema clothing that can be used for dry wrapping.

Remedywear clothing for eczema, is a great option for eczema dry wrap needs. The garments are made of soothingly soft TENCEL with zinc fibers woven in that add an anti-bacterial boost. Remedywear helps reduce the severity of a variety of dermatitis types and stops the itching to help you sleep better.

Not only are these garments made for babies, children and adults, but our blend of fibers was clinically proven to reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis, reduce itching and improve quality of sleep when worn three nights consecutively. Learn more about Remedywear and its unique material here.

Alternatively, if you’re a physician interested in dry wrapping with Remedywear, please click here.

References

  1. https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/wet-wrap-therapy/
  2. https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/wet-wraps/
  3. https://www.allergicliving.com/2015/06/19/wet-wraps-work-well-in-treating-eczema/