Eczema is something we all deal with in my family. For years we'd try prescribed creams, humidifiers in the winter, skipping daily showers and opting for just a few times a week and so on. Then I began to notice I would get eczema during the opposite season (Spring and Summer) than some of my sons. It felt like there was no rhyme or reason to the red, scaly, inflammed skin.
A few years ago I decided to research and ask dermatologists why do I get eczema at certain times of the year, when a PR rep from AD RescueWear pitched me their Tencel® fabric sleeves. I'll be honest, I was skeptical. It looked like a simple piece of cloth. How could a small piece of fabric be the solution to our problem? Wouldn't our doctors have mentioned this to us before?
However, we were desperate for a solution. I received the sleeves, a pair for me and a pair sized for a child. First we used it on my teen-aged son and then my 10 year old since they have varying degrees of eczema.
What is wet therapy for eczema? This is when you wear a wet fabric over the inflammed area for about 2 hours or more after applying a moisturizer. The wet fabric helps to soothe skin and seal in the moisturizer for better absorption.
Since wearing wet clothing on your arm (ankle, hands and/or body) can be a little inconvenient during the day, we chose to do wet therapy at night. This is honestly the best way to do it, in my opinion, because you are less likely to mess with it (especially a fidgety child) and it combats involuntary itching while you sleep.
There are a lot of moisturizers out there that work well for moisturizing severely dry skin, but A Girl's Gotta Spa! body lotion is plentiful here (for obvious reasons), and with the combination of shea butter, cocoa butter and olive oil, it was pretty much a no brainer to use. Plus there are no synthetic dyes or fragrances in it, which are known irritants with eczema.
First, I soaked the AD RescueWear fabric sleeves. Lukewarm water is good, but many times we used cold water since cold helps decrease inflammation. Then I wrang them out until they were a mix between damp and really wet. Next, I applied the lotion to arms and elbows. I gave it a minute to absorb and then slid the sleeve on the arm, covering the elbow.
The first morning after using the AD RescueWear Sleeves, I realized I hadn't scratched all night. My sons said the same. We all agreed our elbows felt less itchy, although they looked exactly the same. We applied lotion again during the day and then followed the same routine at night applying the wet sleeves with the lotion.
By day 5, my one son's eczema was all but gone. There were a few tiny spots, but the difference was significant. My eczema had also decreased significantly. We continued the same routine nightly until our elbows looked normal. Then we just simply continued applying lotion as normal without the wet sleeves.
It seemed the only time the eczema would re-emerge on my sons is when they would skip a day (or daaaaaayyyys, because BOYS) applying lotion. Then we would have to start the process all over again with the wet therapy and the eczema would be resolved within a week. As you know, there is no cure for eczema, so this is just a treatment option to quell it.
AD RescueWear is more than just a piece of thin, silky fabric and the skeptic in me has been quieted. In addition to their sleeves for eczema, they also have gloves, sleeves for ankles, shirts, pants, bodysuit and socks. They have come in sizes for both children and adults.
I should've written this review years ago when I discovered it. While our eczema is contained to our elbows and parts of our arms, I'm sure there are others that have it more severely. You may have to wear the sleeves and use lotion for a longer period of time. This is just my family's personal experience for the degree that we get eczema.
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