We all know that eczema symptoms can be painful and debilitating for those unfortunate enough to suffer from it. Did you know that there are different types of eczema?
Below is a list of the more common types of eczema.
- Atopic Eczema: This is the most common type of eczema and is also known as atopic dermatitis. Usually develops as dry, itchy patches in the folds of skin like backs of the knees and elbows. Sometimes it can extend to the face, neck and chest. The symptoms vary in intensity.
- Contact Dermatitis (eczema): As the name suggests this type of eczema is caused by coming into contact with a substance which irritates the skin and causes a rash eg a chemical. The rash usually starts at the point of contact on the skin. Some common irritants in this field are perfumes, detergents and nickel, metal found in jewellery.
- Seborrhoeic Eczema: This is quite common in babies and is more commonly known as “cradle cap”. Found on the scalp area, it actually looks worse than it is as it doesn’t tend to itch or be sore in any way. In adults it’s usually found on the scalp and starts out as dandruff. This gets red and irritated with the skin flaking and scaling. However it’s not just confined to the scalp and it can develop behind the ears, on the face, neck and eyebrows. One of the major causes of adult seborrhoeic eczema is a yeast organism called Pityrosporum.
- Discoid Eczema: As the name suggests, this type of eczema presents itself in round disc-like shapes. These patches can occur anywhere on the body and are extremely itchy. They are sometimes mistaken for ringworm.
- Varicose Eczema: Usually develops in the lower part of the legs where varicose veins are present. The patches are inflamed and itchy. This has to be treated quickly or the skin may breakdown and start weeping and crusting to an extent where it develops into a leg ulcer. If the sufferer has poor circulation then the ulcer can be difficult to heal.
- Asteotetic Eczema: More likely to affect those over 60. Usually found on the shin and cracked in appearance. Seems to affect those prone to dry skin and is more likely to develop in the winter. in some cases it can be seen on the hands, arms and thighs and as well as the skin being cracked it will also be red.
As always, you should visit your doctor to establish whether or not you are suffering from any type of eczema.I hope that you’ve found this post informative. Please feel free to share this post by clicking on the share buttons below.