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What Does Eczema Look Like?

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In general, eczema looks like small fluid-filled blisters on the hands and feet, coined shaped patches on the arms and legs, red irritated patches of skin, skin inflammation, skin coloring changes, and lichenification (leather-like patches of skin).

 Atopic Dermatitis

What Does Eczema Look Like?Atopic dermatitis is the most common eczema condition and is brought on by a variety of factors including genetics, environmental pollutants, skin irritants such as dyes and fragrances, water, stress, and can be brought on as a result of an illness.

The condition produces fluid-filled blisters, skin redness, inflammation, lichenification, and skin color changes.

Dyshidrotic Eczema

What Does Eczema Look Like?The exact cause of dyshidrotic eczema is largely unknown.  It is believed to be the result of a variety of factors both environmental and internal. It is twice as common in women than in men, affects 5-20% of eczema patients, and appears to be more prevalent at certain times a year.

The condition produces small, fluid-filled blisters on the hands and feet.

Nummular Eczema

What Does Eczema Look Like?The term ‘nummular’ meaning coined-shaped is so named because the skin lesions brought about by this condition are perfectly coined shaped.  Nummular eczema onset is believed to be associated with medication and is more prevalent in older males.

The condition produces itchy, coin-shaped patches on the arms and legs but is not limited to these areas of the body.

 

 

Resources

“Eczema: MedlinePlus.” National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/eczema.html.

Amini, MD, Sadegh . “Dishydrotic Eczema.” eMedicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. <emedicine.medscape.com/article/1122527-overview>.

Miller, MD,, Jami L . “Nummular Dermatitis.” eMedicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2011. <emedicine.medscape.com/article/1123605-overview>.

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