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Does a cold compress help if you have eczema?

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When your itching feels out of control, put a cold compress right on your skin. If your eczema is severe, after you’ve put on lotion or medicine, make a wet wrap by soaking a gauze or piece of soft clothing, like a T-shirt or pair of socks, in warm -- not hot -- water.

Wet wraps help your skin absorb medicine and moisture. They also relieve itching and pain. Once they’re dry, you’ll want to either make them wet again or remove them.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Eczema;” “Alternative Therapies;” “Proper Moisturizing Techniques;” “Alternative Treatments;” and “Bleach Baths.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Tips for Managing” and “Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis (A Type of Eczema.)”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Lifestyle Management (Atopic Dermatitis)" and “Eczema Lifestyle Management: Avoid Irritants with Ectopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals With Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Eczema;” “Alternative Therapies;” “Proper Moisturizing Techniques;” “Alternative Treatments;” and “Bleach Baths.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Tips for Managing” and “Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis (A Type of Eczema.)”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Lifestyle Management (Atopic Dermatitis)" and “Eczema Lifestyle Management: Avoid Irritants with Ectopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals With Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

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