Eczema is a common skin condition that has a variety of different causes and symptoms. Eczema is also commonly referred to as dermatitis, meaning inflammation of the skin. The terms eczema and dermatitis are often interchangeable. To see eczema photos of the different types of eczema discussed below, simply click on the type of eczema to reveal the picture.
Atopic dermatitis – This is a chronic condition that is associated with allergic conditions such as asthma or hay fever. It may start with itchy irritated skin, scratching the area will lead to redness, swelling and cracking. The irritated area will “weep” a clear fluid which crusts and scales
Contact dermatitis – This is also called Irritant Contact Dermatitis. It is a result of an allergic reaction to everyday objects and substances that irritate the skin, from shampoo and jewelry to food and chemicals. The contact leads to irritated skin.
Dyshidrotic Eczema– This occurs only on the palms of the hands, sides of the fingers, and soles of the feet. This is a fairly common eczema that causes a burning or itching sensation and a blistering rash.
Hand dermatitis – Sometimes called ‘dishpan hands’ – this starts as dry, chapped hands and later leads to inflamed skin that can itch. If not treated that hands will develop blisters and lesion that may crack and could become infected.
Neurodermatitis – This common eczema develops when nerve endings in the skin become irritated, triggering a severe itch-scratch-itch cycle. Common causes of nerve irritation include an insect bite and emotional stress.
Nummular Eczema – Also called discoid eczema because of the disc-like shape. This often appears after a skin injury, such as a burn, abrasion, or insect bite. One or many patches can develop that may last for weeks or months.
Seborrheic Eczema – This usually starts at the hairline or on the scalp as oily, waxy patches, and can spread to the face and beyond. Like most types of eczema, seborrheic dermatitis tends to flare in cold, dry weather.
Stasis Eczema – This common eczema develops in the lower legs when poor blood flow causes fluids to build up, and the legs swell. Over time, this build-up of fluids affects the skin, causing a rash that usually itches, painful sores, as well as thinning and discolored skin.
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