Types of Eczema

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The most common types of eczemaWhilst there is some degree of overlap between the various types of eczema symptom wise, there are a few different forms of eczema that you should be aware of. Doctors will classify these based upon the reasoning as to your eczema. Some people may only suffer from one eczema flare-up throughout their life. Others may suffer from the condition on a regular basis. This is all going to be down to what is actually causing the skin to look the way that it does. This is one of the things that your doctor will be trying to get to the bottom of right at the start.

Types of Eczema

  • Atopic eczema is an allergic reaction. It tends to only occur in those who suffer from hay fever and asthma. Even then it is actually a fairly rare symptom of the condition and it is unlikely that you will be suffering from it too often. Atopic eczema tends to disappear on its own when the irritant that has caused the condition has disappeared. Just like every other allergic reaction out there however you are going to want to keep an eye on your symptoms.
  • Allergic Contact is much the same as atopic eczema. The main difference between the two is the fact that in order to suffer from allergic contact you are actually going to need to come into contact with the irritant that causes your allergic reaction. The symptoms will most likely only appear in the area where the skin came into contact with the irritant (this is not the case with atopic eczema which can occur anywhere on the body).
  • Irritant contact is similar to allergic contact, although you do not necessarily have to be allergic to the substance that you came into contact with in order to suffer from your allergic reaction. Just about anything can cause the flare-up. This includes certain chemicals and cleaning agents. It is important that you always wear gloves when dealing with chemicals so that you do not have to deal with irritant contact. Again; it is likely that the flare-up will only occur in the places where you actually came into contact with the irritant.
  • Discoid Eczema is the first type of eczema on this list which has no real cause. It just happens. This condition causes eczema flare-ups on skin which may otherwise be healthy. The patches tend to be rather small and have pretty defined edges. This type of condition can occur in just about anybody although it seems a whole lot more common in older men.
  • Seborrhoeic Eczema is a condition which generally occurs in infants. It will normally occur around the scalp and the nappy area. It can also occur in adults, generally on their scalp, eyebrows, and the creases of their nose and mouth. This form of eczema is caused by a high level of sensitivity to yeast on the skin. In infants it is a condition which generally clears itself up, but other people may end up suffering from the condition for a lot longer.
  • Gravitational Eczema. This type of Eczema normally only affects older women and appears at the base of the legs. It’s usually due to poor circulation, when this happens there is increased pressure on the veins in the ankles and they swell. The skin then becomes very fragile and in the most extreme cases, this will cause ulcers which become weepy and eventually crusty.

There are other forms of eczema too which are related to other conditions. For example; there is a form of eczema which is tied to varicose veins. These symptoms of eczema tend to be treated along with the condition that causes them as opposed to being a condition which is treated on its own. After all; you really need to get to the root of a problem if you wish to treat it properly.

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