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Health Information > Healthy Lifestyle > Health Infographics > Soak & Seal
This information has been reviewed and approved by Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN and Deb Fending, RN (August 2014).
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Prevent and reduce atopic dermatitis (eczema) symptoms by putting water back into the skin every day.
Soak in the bathtub for 15-20 minutes.
Use warm water (not hot)
Use a gentle cleanser and do not scrub the skin.
Cover areas not covered by water with wet towels or washcloths.
Apply the moisturizer or medication recommended by your health care provider
Moisturizers are used after soaking and also when skin feels dry or itchy
Try to apply moisturizer or medication within three minutes of patting dry, while water droplets are still on skin
Medications are used if itch, rash or infections occur - use them as prescribed and don't substitute
In severe eczema cases, your doctor may add wet wrap therapy
Do soak and seal every day
Pat (don't rub) skin dry after soaking
If rash present, can increase soak and seal to twice daily
Pieces of clothing or dressings soaked in warm water then applied to skin after soak and seal
Only used when eczema rash is severe
Your doctor must show you the proper technique
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