December 02, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments
The word "eczema" is also used specifically to refer to atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema.
The appearance of skin affected by eczema will depend on how much a person scratches and whether the skin is infected. Scratching and rubbing further cause irritation on the skin, increase inflammation, and make itching worse.
Eczema is always itchy. Sometimes the itchinghappens before the rash appears. Rashes most commonly appear on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet but it may also affect other areas as well.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) signs and symptoms differ widely from skin to skin and include:
Atopic dermatitis most often begins before age 5 and may carry on into adolescence and adulthood. For some, it flares periodically and then clears up for a time, even for some years.
In hand eczema, your hands get red, itchy, and dry and they may form cracks or blisters.
Neurodermatitis usually starts in people who have other types of eczema or psoriasis.Stress is also a known trigger to this condition.
In neurodermatitis, thick, scaly patches form on your arms, legs, back of your neck, scalp, bottoms of your feet, backs of your hands, or genital. These patches can be very itchy, especially when you’re relaxed or asleep.
The lower part of the legs may swell up, especially during the day when you’ve been walking so much. Legs may ache or feel heavy.
Nummular eczema can be triggered by a reaction to a skin injury, such as a burn, abrasion, or insect bite. Dry skin can also cause it. The condition may result in one spot or a few spots of coin-shaped lesions. These can last for several months.
People with eczema will benefit from working with their doctor to identify what triggers or worsens their symptoms. Avoiding specific triggers or allergens can help to prevent or minimize flare-ups.
Life with eczema can seem intimidating not knowing how the day after today will treat you. As any sickness goes, it usually doesn’t treat you well. It leaves much to be desired, much to be wished for.
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