Eczema is both common and troublesome, with over 30 million Americans believed to suffer some form. In spite of this, though, information on it isn’t always clear. Read on to learn more about the condition.
What Is It?
Eczema is actually a group name for certain types of dermatitis, each with the non-contagious symptom of itchy, red, inflamed skin. The conditions stem from the immune system reacting to irritants or allergens, inflaming the skin in order to fight them off; many sufferers also have hay fever and asthma along with it. Eczema can manifest in a few ways, so it’s important to recognize which type in order to treat it.
What Are the Different Types?
- Atopic dermatitis is a chronic type of eczema usually starting in childhood. Other symptoms include rashes and sores on the affected areas.
- Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes into physical contact with an irritant or allergen. It’s most common on or near the hands.
- Dyshidrotic eczema produces blisters more commonly than inflamed patches of skin, usually on the extremities. Sufferers can still expect itching, unfortunately.
- Nummular dermatitis manifests differently from the other types, producing larger round spots on the skin. This type can be more difficult to treat.
- Stasis dermatitis is caused by blood flow problems in the veins. The pressure causes fluid to leak beneath the skin, resulting in swelling and itchy, painful skin.
How Is It Treated?
A number of treatments exist, the most common being topical products, cleansers, and/or medication designed to alleviate symptoms.
As painful and stressful as eczema can be, it’s possible to treat and manage. Contact Kessel Dermatology today for more information and treatment options for eczema!