types of eczema

7 TYPES OF ECZEMA AND ITS SYMPTOMS

ECZEMA FACTS

  • Eczema is a condition where parts of the skin become itchy, inflamed, red, and rough.  
  • Keeping the skin healthy and moisturized can prevent certain kinds of eczema.
  • It is important to distinguish the different causes of eczema because effective treatments vary.
  • Certain foods could make eczema worse such as dairy, peanutes, wheat, or soy. 
  • Eczema is not a contagious condition. 

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WHAT IS ECZEMA?

Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis which is a conditions that causes the skin to become inflamed, itchy or irritated.

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 causes irritation on the skin, increase inflammation, and make itching worse.

All forms of eczema will itch. Sometimes the itching happens 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.

types of eczema

TYPES OF ECZEMA AND ITS SYMPTOMS

Atopic dermatitis

the most common form of eczema. It usually starts in younger years, and often gets milder or goes away by adult age. "Atopic" refers to a group of diseases including the immune system. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis happens when the skin’s natural barrier against irritants and allergens is weakened. 

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) symtoms: 

  • Dry skin
  • Itching, which may be severe, especially during the night time
  • Red to brownish patches, mostly on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and in infants, the face and scalp

Atopic dermatitis most often begins before age 5 and may carry on into  adulthood. For some, it flares periodically and then clears up for a time, even for some years.

Contact dermatitis

This is a red, itchy rash caused by direct contact with a substance or an allergic reaction to it.  After repeated contact with the substance, the body’s immune recognition system becomes activated and you become allergic to that substance. 

Dyshidrotic eczema

This is a type of eczema where clear fluid filled blisters develop on the soles of your feet, sides of the fingers or toes and palms of your hands.  The Blisters normally last for about two to four weeks and could be caused by allergies or stress. The blisters are often very itchy. The skin can also scale, crack, and flake from these blisters.

Hand eczema

An inflammation of the skin of the hands that can be caused by contact allergens such as rubber chemicals, but other external factors such as outside irritants can also cause it. 

In hand eczema, your hands get red, itchy, and dry and they may form cracks or blisters. 

Neurodermatitis

A skin condition that starts with an itchy patch of skin. It is similar to atopic dermatitis. It causes thick, scaly patches to appear on your skin. Scratching makes it even itchier. Scratching the skin could cause the skin to appear leathery and thickened.

Neurodermatitis usually starts in people who have other types of eczema or psoriasis. Stress could also trigger it. 

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.

types of eczema 

Stasis dermatitis 

is skin inflammation that develops in people with poor blood circulation. It's common on the lower parts of the legs. When blood collects or pools in the veins of the lower legs, the pressure on the veins increases. Legs can swell up and varicose veins can form.

Nummular eczema

is a type of eczema that causes coin-shaped spots to form on your skin.  Nummular eczema looks very different from other types of eczema, and it can itch a lot. These patches are often itchy and well-defined. 

Nummular eczema can be triggered by a reaction to an injury, such as a burn, cut, or scrape, or insect bite. Dry skin can also cause it.These can last for several months and the eczema spots could be 1 or many. 

It's best to work with a doctor such as a dermatologist or allergist to help find your eczema causes and treatments.  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, but figuring out the triggers goes a long way in managing flare ups and symtoms! 

Product For Eczema

The fighter gel has ingredients like organic gotu kola, or centella asiatica which are proven to help with eczema.  It also contains MSM - a type of sulfur that reduces inflammation in skin and imroves skin quality to fight eczema.  This makes the fighter gel a great eczema product. 

  

 

References:

Pharmacological Effects of Centella asiatica on Skin Diseases: Evidence and Possible Mechanisms: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2021/5462633/

An overview of the different types of eczema: https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/types-of-eczema/ 

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4 comments

I’ve got it on the palms of my hands and a little bit on the back of my hands the skin is peeling and drying it also cracks and bleed mainly on my right hand it’s been diagnosed as psoriasis but I’ve never seen any psoriasis like this…
it seemed to be going around my front of my ankle and mostly praying for it to go away what can you do for it

anonymous

I got these on my thigh what is this called?

Jah

What is the best product to cure eczema?

Emelie D de Guzman

Um…hi I really wanna know what type of eczema is like a white clear patch on the skin that kinda itches but I have no idea how to cure and it’s causes

Jacqueline

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