It’s no secret that skin conditions can take many forms. Your eczema may look different from mine, and that’s okay. There are many types of eczema out there–eight to be exact. We’re breaking down each type and their symptoms to help you find your way onto the path to healing. Once you determine which type you’re dealing with, treatment becomes that much easier. Just be sure to check with your doctor before beginning a new treatment plan!
You’ve probably heard of atopic eczema before; it’s the most common type of eczema on this list. If you have atopic eczema, you typically suffer from itching and inflammation of the skin. Experts believe atopic eczema is caused by an abnormality in one’s immune system. It often comes and goes, with flare-ups triggered by anything from stress to certain foods. And, it runs in families (thanks, Aunt Beth!).
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Contact eczema results from your skin coming into contact with an allergen. It’s usually a localized reaction, affecting only the area that touched the substance. Additionally, it can be caused by a number of things, including cleaning products, jewelry, and plants. If you have a history of allergies, you’re at a greater risk of developing contact eczema. We recommend learning your triggers and being sure not to let them touch your skin.
Seborrheic eczema also goes by the name of seborrheic dermatitis. Though its cause is unknown, it’s believed to be genetic and it can appear as dandruff or cradle cap in babies. It typically results in yellowish, oily, flaky patches on the scalp or face, and does not always cause itching. You can decrease your risk by managing stress, shampooing frequently, and changing your skin care routine with the weather.
Nummular eczema, discoid eczema, and nummular dermatitis all refer to the same condition. This refers to coin-shaped patches of itchy, irritated, flaky skin usually found on the lower body. A personal history of atopic eczema and other allergies may increase your chances, but fear not! Nummular eczema is pretty uncommon and mainly affects elderly men.
Next on our list of types of eczema, we have stasis dermatitis. Stasis dermatitis stems from issues with circulation. Itchy, discolored patches form on the skin, and these patches may advance into the oozing skin lesions associated with other types of eczema. Middle-aged and elderly people are the most at risk for stasis dermatitis, and the risk only increases with age.
This type is a little different than others. Instead of skin patches, dyshidrotic eczema results in painful, itchy blisters on the hands and feet. It typically occurs in people who have hand eczema, and is more likely to flare up during the summer months.
Each condition we’ve already mentioned is serious in its own right. However, eczema herpeticum often requires medical intervention. It’s a serious skin infection caused by the herpes virus that affects people with atopic eczema. It can also result in high temperatures and swollen lymph glands. Most commonly, it occurs on the face, but it can affect any part of the body. If you think you have eczema herpeticum, check in with your derm ASAP!
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