Practical procedures

How to use and apply wet dressings

Nina Wines, Alan Cooper, Ann Lane



The application of wet dressings can aid the management of acute inflammatory skin conditions. This article is a simple guide to using wet dressings in the outpatient setting.

Article Extract

Although inpatient application of wet dressings is associated with better results than outpatient care, inpatient care is, at times, not suitable or practical for some patients – for example, patients may have work or family commitments that prevent hospitalisation. Wet dressings in the home may also be used after discharge from hospital to manage minor flares in responsive skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. Patient education and practical advice given by the general practitioner may help to improve the management of these skin diseases.