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Rashes, Eczema and Dermatitis

Eczema is a specific kind of dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. It develops as dry, itchy, red, and inflamed skin, with a preference for certain patterns or areas of the body.

Eczema is not contagious and can occur in people of all ages, but is especially common in young children. Children largely outgrow the condition as they reach adulthood.

What are the types of eczema?
Eczema is not just one condition and can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, hives, fungus, or poison ivy.

Associated Dermatologists can effectively diagnose your skin rash to determine if it is eczema, and what particular type. Subsets of eczema include:

Contact dermatitis
A rash results when you come into contact with a trigger, such as a specific soap or chemical.

Atopic dermatitis
This type occurs when your immune system overreacts. It is most common in people who have a personal or family history of allergies or asthma.

Dyshidrotic eczema
This form is characterized by small, itchy blisters on your fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet.

Nummular eczema
This form of eczema is characterized by itchy, coin-shaped spots on the skin that may weep or ooze. Triggers include very dry or sensitive skin and trauma to the skin from insect bites, scrapes, or chemical burns.

Seborrheic dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis affects areas on your body that have more sebaceous glands, including the scalp, eyebrows, and nose. Males are more likely to develop this form of eczema.

Stasis dermatitis
Stasis dermatitis usually develops around lower leg veins in people who have venous insufficiency.

How is eczema treated?
At Associated Dermatologists, the team first evaluates your particular rash to identify its type and origins. Through visual examination, biopsies, or cultures, the team can accurately diagnose your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Sensitive skin affected by dermatitis, rashes, and eczema requires special care. The team teaches you how to care for your skin with the appropriate products and may offer prescription topical medications.

Oral immunosuppressants can help with flare-ups in some people.

If you suffer from eczema, dermatitis, or other concerning rashes, call the nearest office of Associated Dermatologists or book an appointment online today.