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What do you know about the different types of Eczema?

By April 22, 2008 - 12:42pm
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My toddler was just diagnosed with eczema, but it's strange and not "acting" like "regular" eczema, so I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the different types of eczema?

I understand there is a chronic type, that appears around 6 months, and most kids outgrow around 2-5 years of age. (My nieces both have eczema from food allergies, and they have red bumps and scars over most of their bodies).

My toddler just started showing signs around 1 year of age, and we haven't attributed it to food. Is there a type of eczema that is not chronic and is attributable to the environment (and not food)? His soap, towels, clothes, etc. have stayed the same. We moved from Virgina to Texas around this time, so could be a climate change??

Thanks so much!!! (oh---and I don't need any info. on treatment--yet---just really want to know about the different types of eczema).

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Alison, You may want to browse this great reference sheet from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on on the different types of Eczema:

* Allergic contact eczema (dermatitis): a red, itchy, weepy reaction where the skin has come into contact with a substance that the immune system recognizes as foreign, such as poison ivy or certain preservatives in creams and lotions
* Atopic dermatitis: a chronic skin disease characterized by itchy, inflamed skin
* Contact eczema: a localized reaction that includes redness, itching, and burning where the skin has come into contact with an allergen (an allergy-causing substance) or with an irritant such as an acid, a cleaning agent, or other chemical
* Dyshidrotic eczema: irritation of the skin on the palms of hands and soles of the feet characterized by clear, deep blisters that itch and burn
* Neurodermatitis: scaly patches of the skin on the head, lower legs, wrists, or forearms caused by a localized itch (such as an insect bite) that become intensely irritated when scratched
* Nummular eczema: coin-shaped patches of irritated skin-most common on the arms, back, buttocks, and lower legs-that may be crusted, scaling, and extremely itchy
* Seborrheic eczema: yellowish, oily, scaly patches of skin on the scalp, face, and occasionally other parts of the body
* Stasis dermatitis: a skin irritation on the lower legs, generally related to circulatory problems.

Do any of these sound like what your son is experiencing?

April 23, 2008 - 9:59am
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