What is eczema?
Eczema refers to a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. Sometimes with flare ups the skin can even blister, weep, or become infected with bacteria or viruses. These conditions may affect the patient’s quality of life, sometimes severely. About 30 million Americans suffer from some form of eczema. If you suffer from eczema, I will help you manage it however, I want to warn you that in many cases we cannot “cure” eczema and it may be a chronic conditions.
Here are the different types of eczema:
usually occurs in children, may be outgrown or can become chronic into adulthood. It usually presents on the elbows, knees, face and trunk. It is thought that genetics and environmental triggers the Please go to the atopic dermatitis (please link here) page for more info.
happens in the first few months of life as greasy, yellowish scales on the scalps of children. Usually resolves on its own in a matter of time.
an irritant or allergic response due to coming in contact with an environmental trigger. Poison ivy dermatitis (and other plant causes) fall into this category as well as occupational triggers.
Hand dermatitis: scaling, fissuring, redness and itching of the hands. Can be caused by a contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis. Can be difficult to treat and chronic.
Seborrheic dermatitis: scaly, greasy, yellowish scales more commonly on the scalp (dandruff), behind or inside the ears, and chest. Can be chronic and thought to be due to a reaction to a superficial skin fungus. It is manageable but usually not curable which can be frustrating!