7 Types of Eczema

There are seven different types of eczema:

  • Atopic dermatitis: This is a common form of eczema which causes inflammation, dryness and itchy skin. While typical in small children, it can occur at any age.
  • Contact dermatitis: This form of eczema, also called allergic contact dermatitis, is brought on by environmental triggers.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema: This type of eczema dries out the skin and can cause a burning sensation, rashes and blisters.
  • Neurodermatitis: This form of eczema, also called discoid eczema, affects small patches of skin. It makes them itchy and scaly.
  • Nummular eczema: This form of eczema, also called nummular dermatitis, creates small, rounded lesions all over the body, but especially on arms and legs.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: This is an inflammatory form of eczema which affects your scalp.
  • Stasis dermatitis: This type of eczema presents as a skin discoloration on the legs which looks similar to varicose veins.

It is possible to have more than one type of eczema on your body at the same time. Each form of eczema has its own set of triggers and treatment requirements, which is why it’s so important to consult with a healthcare professional who specializes in treating eczema. Dermatologists can help identify which type or types of eczema you may have and how to treat and prevent flare-ups.

Webinar on the 7 types of eczema

In this webinar, get an overview of each type of eczema from Dr. Eric L. Simpson, a professor of dermatology and director of clinical research in the department of dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University.

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