Part Two: Different Types of Eczema

In a previous article we discussed different types of eczema that were common and due mostly to some allergen. There are other types of eczema that aren’t as common and that have more specific reasons for causing a flare ups. Like other types, the skin becomes irritated, itchy, and can cause a lot of discomfort. While some eczema flare ups are easy to treat and don’t last long, other types are more chronic and long lasting. Here are some of the other types of eczema that are less common and more severe.

Lichen simplex chronicus, also known as neurodermatits, is another form of eczema that is pretty severe. The itching can become very intense and can make day to day activities hard to manage. Once the skin is scratched, a viscous cycle occurs in which the more you scratch, the more your skin itches. This skin condition develops when nerve endings become irritated. The constant scratching can cause the skin to thicken, darken in color, and become rough. The condition can also lead to other health problems such as anxiety because of the itch and scratch cycle.

Nummular eczema is like a form of athlete’s foot. It is a ski rash that occurs mostly in adulthood. The skin forms coin sized dry patches of flaky skin. The rash most commonly appears of your legs, arms, and back, and can take on the appearance of a blister. It is also called nummular dermatitis or discoid eczema. You have to treat this when it develops because it can turn into a staph infection. When the rash is gone, you may notice a discoloration of your skin where the rash flared up.

An easily treatable form of eczema, believe it or not, is dandruff. It is called seborrheic dermatitis and can occur on your scalp and face. If you live in dry climate with cold weather, you may be susceptible to dandruff. If you happen to get seborrheic dermatitis on your face, you can use an organic eczema oil to bring moisture back to your skin. Organic oils are soothing and won’t irritate your skin which can be embarrassing to have dry patches on your face. If you have small babies, you may have seen dry patches on their scalp, which is a form of this condition, but is called cradle’s cap. For adults, the condition is ongoing and flare ups can come and go.

Eczema that appears on the lower legs is called stasis dermatitis. It is due to bad circulation of blood in the legs and is commonly associated with varicose veins. This severe form of eczema can cause swelling to happen in your legs. To treat this condition, you must moisturize the skin and treat the circulation problem. The skin can become thin and discolored as well as develop an irritating rash.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit


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