It’s never recommended to use wet wraps on skin that could be infected. Unfortunately, when the skin barrier is faulty as is the case with eczema sufferers, infection is always a risk.
Signs that eczema might be infected include:
- Wet or weepy patches, with clear or yellowish fluid or crusts
- Small, red, blistery spots (in the case of eczema herpeticum)
- Flu-like symptoms (aches, raised temperature, feeling unwell, swollen glands)
Infections, whether bacterial, viral or fungal, can flourish in the hot, damp, enclosed environment created by wet-wrapping, so this can actually spread the problem rather than contain it.
If you suspect that your eczema is infected, get it confirmed and treated by your doctor as soon as possible.
For more information on how wet wraps work, see our Step-by-Step Guide To Wet Wrapping.
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.