Types of eczema

Eczema is a general term used to describe a whole range of skin conditions. There are a few other forms of eczema depending on how they manifest themselves. Before we look at the types of eczema, it is important to understand what eczema is like. For one, eczema is a chronic condition that has no cure and affects the skin. There are general symptoms such a dry skin, patches on the skin, redness, small blisters, yellowing on the skin as well as presence of rashes. The symptoms will however vary depending on the type of eczema that you have.

Let us look at the various types of eczema.

Atopic dermatitis

Of all the types, this is the most common. It is characterised by itiching, scaling of the skin, blistering, redness on the skin as well as cracking of the skin. There are 3 broad areas from where the condition emanates from. One of them is the family history of the condition. Cases of hay fever and asthma early in life are precursors to eczema and more so the atopic dermatitis.

The other is the defect in the skin ad in particular the skin barrier which becomes permeable to germs and germs.

Contact dermatitis

The second type of eczema, this one is cause by coming into contact with certain substances which cause the condition. There are two type’s i.e, irritant and contact dermatitis. Examples of irritants include detergents and chemicals.

Dyshidrotic dermatitis

This is another of the types of eczema and usually affects the feet and hands. It usually starts with extreme itiching, paving way to dry and patchy skin.

Nummular dermatitis

There is the nummular dermatitis which is common in men than women and is usually characterized by the presence of circular or coin-shaped patches on the skin.


Among the types of dermatitis is this condition which is characterized by irritation I areas on the skin that are usually scratched.