Soak & Seal Make an Appointment Ask a Question Find a Doctor This information has been reviewed and approved by Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN and Deb Fending, RN (August 2014). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: 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 Tips 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 More Information on Eczema Treatment Wet Wraps Cut Need for Drugs in Kids With Eczema Atopic Dermatitis Overview Videos: Atopic Dermatitis How Nurses Help AD Patients AD Action Plan Allergy Treatment Programs Make an Appointment Find a Doctor You may use this infographic or our Soak and Seal (pdf) with permission by completing our content usage request form. If you like our health information, sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, Health-e-News.