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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

Common Types of Eczema

A dry skin condition that results in rashes, reddening of the skin, dry patches, and constant itching is called eczema or dermatitis. Eczema is common with most babies and usually occurs at an early age and lasts through childhood. Most people who suffer from the skin condition grow out of it by the time they are in their late teens or early adult years. It is a treatable condition that is hereditary but not contagious. Some people develop different types of eczema, and some people only suffer from one form of it. Here are some of the more common types of eczema.

The most common type is called atopic dermatitis. This is like an extreme case of allergies. This is often the hereditary type of eczema. It is also the easiest type to treat and prevent flare ups from occurring. It appears on the skin as itchy and inflamed. You will see dry patches of skin that will cause chronic itching. It is very uncomfortable and can cause a lot of distraction for you and loss of sleep. A lot of babies can’t sleep through the night because the itching is so intense.

Another type of allergy caused eczema is contact dermatitis. A rash occurs from material, lotions, jewelry, or soaps that your skin comes in contact with. Those that have contact dermatitis should use natural skin care products such as organic lotions, oils, soaps, and shampoos to prevent flare ups. Anyone can suffer from contact dermatitis, it’s an allergic reaction you skin has to something. Some people are allergic to nickel found in jewelry, other people can be allergic to soaps that are heavily perfumed, and some people are allergic to laundry detergents.

A common type of dermatitis that flares up on the hands and feet is called dyshidrotic dermatitis. This is more frequent with women than it is for men. Frequent hand washing or exposure to some type of heavily scented soap or detergent can cause an outbreak, and it is another allergic type of eczema flare up. It is often in the form of blisters that itch and burn on the palms of one’s hands or soles of their feet. Unlike atopic dermatitis, this type of eczema occurs during adulthood. To prevent flare ups from occurring, you should use organic lotions and soaps that don’t have synthetic ingredients, harsh chemicals, or heavily perfumed ingredients. If an outbreak occurs, you can use an organic lotion for eczema that will moisturize your skin. Similar to this is hand dermatitis, which is any rash appearing on your hands.

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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