Eczema Can Come in Various Forms

Published on by Cory Thiarello


Eczema represents various skin conditions that usually contract an individual at infancy. If you are suffering from eczema even after you passed the age of three, the possibility is that you will suffer from it for the rest of your life. People belonging to any age category can develop this condition. The different forms of eczema are discussed in this article.

Atopic eczema

This is the most commonly seen form of eczema. Atopic eczema is characterized by persistent itching, which can interfere into your normal life considerably. Your skin will become dry, reddened and inflamed. If your earlier generations suffered from this skin condition, then it is likely that you will also be affected by it. In most of the cases, this condition is seen in people having asthma or hayfever. If you scratch the affected area constantly, your skin will open up, which invites infections. You will be affected by 'wet' eczema or infected eczema in which your skin may crack and give out fluid. Atopic eczema can be treated by emollients, which keep the hydrated and steroids to alleviate inflammation.

Allergic contact dermatitis


This type of eczema is seen in people whose skin is allergic to a certain substance or substances. It may take multiple contacts with a certain substance for to become allergic to it. Substances like perfumes and rubber can turn you allergic to some other substance. Any substance that creates a rash on your skin is a potential candidate to cause you allergy and avoid contact with those substances.

Irritant contact dermatitis

This form of eczema is developed in persons who make frequent contacts with substances that cause irritation. Substances that we use in our daily life like detergents and chemicals may lead to irritant contact dermatitis. The hands of adults are its favorite area to attack. To prevent this condition, you need to prevent contact with the substances that cause irritation. Moisturization of skin is also necessary.

Infantile seborrhoeic eczema

This form of eczema, also known as cradle cap, is commonly seen in babies whose age is below one. The scalp or the nappy area is the place where it first appears. It is notorious for its ability to affect other areas of the skin after its first appearance in a very short span of time. One heartening this is that infantile seborrhoeic eczema does not cause discomfort to the baby through itching and irritation. Though it will disappear comparatively quickly, within a maximum of 3 months, moisturizing creams and bath oils can help to eliminate it much faster.

Other forms of eczema include adult seborrhoeic eczema, varicose eczema and discoid eczema. Products containing the active ingredient, Seabuckthorn Oil have been found to be extremely effective in eczema treatment. The major reason behind the potency of  Seabuckthorn Oil is its clinically proven ability to eliminate the Human Demodex parasite. Natural plant extracts such as aloe vera and coconut oil have also been found to be very able in combating with teen acne. It is advisable to use such products as they have proven to be effective and free from side-effects.

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smilinggreenmom 08/11/2009 13:35

Our little guy has had Eczema since he was a baby. It has been a long and challenging road for all of us. We took him to several doctors (one who got his little body addicted to oral steroids -ug) and finally a children's hospital. We had to have him weaned off steroids because of this allergists advice and thank God he is free of that. Nothing was helping him. My dad recommended (after three years of struggling with this), that we try a kids chewable probiotic from Vidazorb and it has been an answer to our prayers! It has helped him dramatically. He can now eat all kinds of foods that we never dreamed possible for him and he looks and feels great! Amazing. I highly recommend this to others- thanks.