Wet wrapping (WW) appears to be effective in severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in children resistant to topical treatment. Seventeen children were included and were directed to use WW every night (≥6 hr) until lesions disappeared, followed by maintenance treatment of two to three treatments per week. The mean Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD) score at baseline was 48.9. After 1 month of treatment the mean SCORAD score was 18.9, and efficacy was maintained after 3 months of treatment. The majority of patients were satisfied (91.7%) with the WW treatment; 92% considered it to be much more effective than the previous treatments received. WW was easy to perform for 75% of patients, 83% of patients stated that it was better tolerated, and 17% considered it to be tolerated equally to dermatologic corticosteroids without WW. The home WW program was continued on a maintenance basis for 75% of patients. This open-label study showed that this program was a feasible and well-tolerated alternative for the treatment of severe, refractory AD in children and adolescents.
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