Wet Wraps Cut Need For Drugs In Kids With Eczema

Wet Wraps Cut Need For Drugs In Kids With Eczema


Good job Lucy! There was a time Heather Karazim couldn’t
imagine her daughter Lucy on a hot summer day playing T-ball. Shortly after Lucy was born she developed
Eczema, a painful itchy rash on her face, arms, and legs that made her miserable. She’d scratch until she bled and then you
worry about infection. Heather saw several different doctors who
put Lucy on more and more medications including powerful steroids. Though they made Heather uneasy, they did
work. But then as soon as they stop because they
have concerns about the side effects of the medication, the disease comes back. So Dr. Mark Boguniewicz helps study a safer,
simpler approach. At National Jewish Health in Denver experts
evaluated a process known as wet wrap therapy. After soaking in a tub, lotions or mild medications
were put on a child’s enflamed skin while still damp. Then children were covered by a wet layer
of clothing to seal in the moisture followed by a dry layer. Over roughly four days or so you see this
dramatic improvement. In fact, the study found that symptoms improved
by more than 70% on average, kids were still healthy a month later, and infections were
held in check. All without using the medications many doctors
have come to rely on. We got to improve that patient’s skin barrier
and when we do, we can do it without using antibiotics. Heather and Lucy spent two weeks in Denver
learning wet wrap therapy and two years later still use it back home in Indianapolis to
keep Lucy itch free. You can’t just do it once, I mean it’s you
know, doing it a few times depending on how bad the skin is, but I mean, I’m a believer. At National Jewish Health in Denver this is
Clark Powell reporting.

3 Comments

  • THEwolfKiana says:

    This is very miserable. I hate doing wet wraps. I've had to do them sense I was a baby. 

  • National Jewish Health says:

    Meet Lucie, a four-year-old patient whose life is better now thanks to wet wraps. In the largest-ever study of its kind, National Jewish Health has shown that wet wrap therapy to treat atopic dermatitis can lower the need for drugs in kids with this painful, itchy skin condition. WATCH: http://youtu.be/Wf9xt78wG6Y

  • Aelene Critch says:

    You possibly can eliminate dermatitis by eradicating its root cause once and for all from now on – Even if you suffer severe eczema.

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