There are many skin problems that can affect us and eczema is one of them. The severity of this condition can vary from a type of eczema to another and from person to person. This word, eczema come from Greek and can be translated as to boil. This skin condition, eczema can look very ugly, but a good thing to know about is it is that eczema is not contagious.
Like in any disease, eczema has its symptoms as well. The main eczema symptoms are a red, dry and inflamated skin. The main characteristic of eczema is itching. In the areas affected by eczema you can also see small blisters, filled with fluid that can become crusted in time. The main body parts that are affected by eczema are the hands, face, elbows and the back part of your knees. However, eczema can cover almost all your body.
There are many factors that can cause an eczema. The causes of eczema depend mostly on what type of eczema you have. The types of eczema that exist may look very alike, but in fact they are very different, because these types of eczema have different causes. Here are the types of eczema that somebody may have.
First there is the atopic eczema and it is the most common of all the types of eczema. As many a one in five children may suffer from atopic eczema. This eczema type is considered to be hereditary. Contact eczema is another type of eczema, that develops when you have been in contact with something that your skin does not aprove of. It has similar symptoms to atopic eczema. Another type of eczema is the allergic contact eczema. Most of the people that suffer from this eczema are not born with this sensibility, but develop it in time.
Irritant contact eczema is caused by daily contact with some substances that can irritate your skin, like detergents.
There can also be complications in cases of eczema, if they are not treated well. In the case of atopic eczema, you might develop herpeticum. This happens when your eczema becomes infected by a virus called herpes. This is a very serious medical condition.
The diagnosing of eczema is not very complicated. Doctors usually diagnose eczema only by the apereance of your skin. There is also the case, when you have allergic eczema, to use a test that can tell you what you are allergic to.