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Types of Eczema

Understanding the Different Types of Eczema.

Eczema is a well-known skin condition that causes the skin to become red, dry and very itchy and is known to be the cause of infections of the skin.

In extreme cases these need to be treated with antibiotics.

Types of eczema can be found all over the body but it mostly affects the legs, arms and the area behind the knees.

It can affect anyone but over 20 percent of kids in the USA have some type of eczema.

There is no known cure for eczema but doctors are able to provide prescriptions to help with the symptoms once they determine what type of eczema their patient has.

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema. 

Atopic dermatitis affects most children by age 1 and a small number of adults. This type of eczema is believed to be hereditary in families with a history of asthma or hay fever.

The skin usually flares due to a reaction to a food and environmental allergy such as milk, eggs, grass and pollen. The treatment for this type of eczema may require an allergy test in order to determine what is triggering the reaction.

Based on the results from the allergy test, you will be able to remove the cause of the reaction from your diet or environment if possible. Cream containing Corticosteroid is more than often given for relief of the redness and itching.

Contact dermatitis is another one of the types of eczema.  Normally, contact dermatitis causes a rash on the skin when the skin is exposed to an allergen such as poison ivy or an irritant such as perfume.

The good thing is the skin will begin to heal once the cause is removed from the skin but it can take up to several weeks for the skin to heal. You can use an over the counter corticosteroid cream or oral antihistamine such as Benadyal to relieve any itching.

Another type of eczema is seborrheic dermatitis, which affects the scalp and face on the body. People with this type of eczema have oily and scaly patches of skin on the face and scalp.

This is also known as cradle cap and dandruff. This type of eczema is also hereditary and reactions can occur due to stress and oily skin conditions.

Fortunately, in the bigger percentage of cases itching is not linked with seborrheic dermatitis.

Doctors will prescribe a salicylic acid or sulphur based shampoo to treat the scalp. For other areas of the body, an ointment that contains vitamin B6 used to treat this condition.

By learning more about the different types of eczema out there, the increased awareness will put you in a much better position to be able to understand and treat your eczema.

By finding the right treatment that suits you then you can become eczema free.

Also this information on Eczema Diet could prove to be very useful.