What bathing precautions should patients with nummular dermatitis take?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Jami L Miller, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Bathing is permissible, but hot water should be avoided. Patients should use mild, nondrying cleansers. Patients should be encouraged to use nonsoap cleansers only for control of body odor and cleanliness (eg, on the groin, axillae, and feet). Oil additives may be used in bathing water. To avoid drying of the lesions, an emollient should be used immediately after bathing. The skin may be patted and the emollient applied before the skin is completely dry. Clothing should be loose to avoid overheating, and irritating fibers, such as wool, should be avoided.


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