Common Eczema Types
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Eczema is a slightly different condition for every single person it affects. For that reason, it has been classified under a number of different types of eczema, each of which has its own symptoms and complexities when it comes to treatment and appearance. To make things simple, I have placed all the most common forms of eczema in this article as well as simple solutions for treating each kind of eczema involving simple lifestyle changes.
Atopic dermatitis. This is by far the most common type of eczema and is characterized by persisting swelling and itching of the skin. It can most often be fixed simply by practicing an elimination diet and using medicated creams on the affected area.
Contact dermatitis. This kind of dermatitis involves a skin reaction due to contact with a particular substance. Some people react to metals while others may have a reaction with fish or certain kinds of food. Treatment simply involves avoiding the substance.
Dyshidrotic dermatitis. This kind of eczema involves swelling and blisters all over the affected area. While more severe than atopic dermatitis, it can be treated the same way, although it may require a steroid based topical cream. I recommend consulting a dermatologist before using any sort of treatment with this form of eczema.
Neurodermatitis. This particular eczema type is so severe, it occurs due to a persistent nerve damage caused by a skin reaction. Because the nerves are damaged, they barely respond to scratching. In most cases, patients with this form of dermatitis require sedatives and powerful steroid based medication to alleviate itching and swelling.
By Eric Meyers