The DermaSilk® Graduated Tubular Sleeves are specially designed for use under the pressure garments used for lymphoedema for a comfortable fit. They come in one size (70cm) and are made of 98% DermaSilk® plus 2% lycra. Although the sleeves contain 2% lycra the individual lycra fibres are spun with a double helix of DermaSilk® threads around them. This means that when the lycra stretches, it remains fully encased in DermaSilk and out of contact with the skin.
The tubular sleeves provide a stable moisture balance to help stop dry skin, itching and scratching. DermaSilk® is made of a special knitted medical grade silk which has been stripped of its outer coating and bonded with Microbe Shield technology*. It is far superior to cotton for sensitive skin, retaining up to 30% of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. The special knitted construction of the fabric makes it breathable promoting faster healing, in essence a second skin. "Normal" silk fabrics used for clothes are not recommended for dressing of subjects with atopic dermatitis, as these fabrics reduce transpiration and therefore may cause worsening of disease activity.
The unique design of the DermaSilk® material has been clinically proven to help treat eczema, dermatitis and other allergic skin conditions. *DermaSilk® is specially bonded with an antimicrobial shield, called AEM 5772.5, which has been used in hospitals for over thirty years and has proven ability to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth on fabrics such as operating theatre gowns. It acts by puncturing and electrocuting bacteria and fungi, causing their death. There is no chemical poisoning of the cells and no chemicals or nano-particles are released onto the skin. No other antimicrobial is capable of protecting silk in this way.