To help ease the discomfort eczema causes, a patient can use wet wraps at home. Wet wraps are done to decrease the inflammation in the skin, hydrate, and provide a cooling effect to the skin, as well as to prevent scratching. First, hydrate the skin by soaking in warm bath water for 5-15 minutes. After the bath, pat off excess water from the skin and apply the prescribed cream or cream/cortisone combo to the damp skin. This should be done within 1-3 minutes after soaking. Immediately after the medicine is applied to the skin, put on the moistened, 100% cotton, tightly fitted, long underwear (or pajamas). The long underwear should be immersed in warm water, wrung out, and put in drier for a few minutes so that it is damp but not dripping wet. It is important that this layer hold the moisture for 2-6 hours. If it begins to dry out, wet it again (optional). Next, apply a dry, 100% cotton sweat suit (or for children pajamas) over the moistened layer. This layer is to prevent the wet layer from drying out and also helps keep the patient warm. If hands or feet are involved, use damp white cotton socks for the feet and damp Dermpak® gauze or other cotton gloves for the hands. You may buy the gloves at a drugstore. If, while wearing the wet wraps, the patient becomes chilled, use extra blankets for warmth.