Lest anybody starts thinking that eczema is just one specific skin condition, think again. With medical science’s love for categories, it has identified many types of eczema with many people developing more than just one type. The treatment protocols for these kinds of eczema will differ since many of the symptoms are also different although we must also emphasize that similarities exist.
The following are just a few of the many kinds of eczema. You have to consult with a medical professional to provide a definitive diagnosis even before you start thinking of the possible treatments. Keep in mind that you may be aggravating your symptoms by adopting measures suitable for one type of eczema but not so for another kind.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema, thus, whenever one says “eczema”, the chances are it is atopic dermatitis. It is also the type of eczema that affects even infants as young as 2 months old with most adult sufferers experiencing their first bout of eczema before the age of 5.
Take note that eczema cannot be cured but it can be controlled with the proper medical and natural interventions. Your main goal during treatment is to hydrate the skin, lessen the inflammation and reduce the likelihood of bacterial infections. You will also want to alleviate the extremely itchy sensation that characterizes all kinds of eczema.
Contact dermatitis is probably the most inconvenient of the many types of eczema. Almost anything and everything that you come into contact with may result in eczema, which means that you have to be extra careful about the skin care products used on a daily basis. Yes, even water can cause contact dermatitis.
Your treatment starts with the avoidance of the substances that caused the allergic reaction in the first place. Your dermatologist can help to plan out the best ways to circumvent your exposure including the use of a barrier cream and the practice of glove hygiene.
Like the other kinds of eczema, you will also be prescribed emollients, steroids and antihistamines to control the symptoms. You may even be subjected to ultraviolet therapy, when necessary.
Among all the types of eczema it is dyshidrotic dermatitis that poses problems for hand dexterity and foot mobility. Your hands and feet will often have small and deep blisters with the sensation of intense burning and itching. To make matters worse, your skin can be inflamed, cracked and infected with oozing blisters and crusts.
Because of these symptoms, dyshidrotic eczema is a real challenge to treat. Thus, your doctor will adopt a more complicated strategy involving topical, oral and injectable corticosteroids, antibiotics and Botox, if necessary. You may even undergo a procedure where the large blisters are drained of their liquids.
Again, these are just three of the most common types of eczema. If you dig further, you will uncover varicose eczema, hand dermatitis, neurodermatitis, nummular dermatitis, occupational dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. With such a wide variety of ailments, we can be thankful that modern medical science continues to discover new ways for their treatment.