Soak and Seal Eczema Treatment Infographic


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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Summary: Soak & Seal Eczema Treatment

Prevent and reduce atopic dermatitis (eczema) symptoms by putting water back into the skin every day.


Inside The Tub

  • 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.


Outside The Tub

  • 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


Wet Wrap Therapy

  • 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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