What Are the Types of Eczema?

Q:
What are the types of eczema?

A:
Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. There are many different types of eczema.

  • Atopic dermatitis: This is a type eczema that is chronic and inflammatory. It happens when the immune system goes into overdrive in response to an allergen or irritant inside or outside the body.
  • Contact dermatitis: This is a skin reaction following contact with a substance or allergen that the immune system recognizes as foreign.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema: This is an irritation of the skin on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. It is characterized by blisters.
  • Nummular eczema: These show as circular patches of irritated skin that can be crusted, scaly, and itchy.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: This forms oily, scaly, yellowish patches of skin, usually on the scalp and face.
  • Stasis dermatitis: This is a skin irritation of the lower leg usually related to circulatory problems.

No matter what kind of eczema you’ve got, it will cause itching and redness, but some may also cause your skin to blister, “weep,” or peel.

It’s important to understand which type you may have and and triggers, so that you can best treat and manage your eczema. Please make an appointment with your doctor.

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