Eczema and Related Skin Conditions - Make Sure to Report All Your Symptoms to Your Doctor
It’s common for one medical condition to be related to other diseases. The following is a summary of skin conditions and ailments both within the eczema umbrella, and also related to eczema.
There are 10 different types of skin conditions that result in eczema. The correct diagnosis must be made in order to develop the right treatment plan. It’s important to be able to distinguish between these types of conditions, but it’s often not easy. Make sure to describe, in detail, all your symptoms to your doctor, and refrain from self-diagnosing without meeting with a health care professional.
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema): A genetic based condition and probably the most common type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis generally begins in infancy or early childhood. Symptoms include rashes on the cheeks, neck, ankles, and elbow and knee creases. It’s rare, but a very few sufferers of atopic dermatitis might develop an extensive herpes simplex infection called "eczema herpeticum."
- Allergic contact dermatitis: The body's immune recognition system becomes activated after repeated exposures to the same substance.
- Fungal infections: Identical to many other types of eczema, however, unlike eczema, the fungus can be visualized under the microscope or grown in culture.
- Irritant dermatitis: When the skin is repeatedly exposed to toxic substances.
- Lichen simplex chronicus: Thickened plaques of skin commonly found on the shins and neck.
- Nummular eczema: Coin-shaped plaques of scaling skin on the lower legs of older individuals.
- Pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema): Itchy rash composed of tiny blisters on the sides of the fingers or toes and palms or soles. This is a common but poorly understood condition.
- Seborrheic eczema: A rash on the scalp, face, ears. In adults, the rash may develop mid-chest while in infants, it can produce a weepy, oozy rash behind the ears. Seborrheic eczema can be quite extensive in infants, involving the full body.
- Stasis dermatitis: Develops on the swollen lower legs of people who have poor leg circulation.
- Xerotic (dry skin) eczema: Chronic dry skin that cracks and oozes.