Embracing Healthy Skin
Jaxon Anderson was stuck in a cycle of painful dry, cracked skin and powerful steroid use. Since birth, Jaxon has suffered continuous flare-ups of his atopic dermatitis, which leave him scratching, bleeding and in pain. Recently, topical steroids were no longer working to clear his skin. That’s when Jaxon and his family came to National Jewish Health.
For decades National Jewish Health has been treating atopic dermatitis patients with a therapy known as wet wrap or soak-and-seal. Patients soak in a warm bath for about 15 minutes, then cover themselves with topical medications and moisture-trapping creams or ointments. Then they spend about two hours dressed in one layer of damp clothing and another layer of dry clothing. The technique promotes healing by rehydrating atopic dermatitis patients’ skin.
This year, research results confirmed the benefit of wet wrap therapy for atopic dermatitis. Children who underwent wet wrap therapy saw a 71 percent reduction in symptoms. They were able to maintain healthy skin a month after returning home, while also reducing their use of steroids. After two weeks of intensive, interdisciplinary care at National Jewish Health, including wet wrap therapy, Jaxon’s skin is better than it has been in years, and his family has a new technique they can use to help keep it that way.
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