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This is a skin condition that causes dry, itchy, and inflamed skin, that can occur no matter age, race, or gender. Most commonly these patches can be found in creases (face, arms, legs, etc.) but can be found anywhere on your body. Most commonly cases are chronic but there have been some cases that only occurred once.

The most common types of eczema are:

  • Atopic Dermatitis which is the most common type of Eczema and thought to be caused by abnormal functioning of the body’s immune system. It is characterized by itchy, inflamed skin and tends to be hereditary. 

  • Contact Dermatitis is when the skin comes into contact with an allergy-producing agent or an irritant, such as chemicals. Finding the triggering allergen is important to treatment and prevention.

  • Dyshidrotic Dermatitis can be found on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It produces clear, deep blisters that itch and burn. Dyshidrotic dermatitis occurs most frequently during the summer months and in warm climates.

  • Neurodermatitis also known as Lichen Simplex Chronicus, is a chronic skin inflammation caused by a continuous cycle of scratching and itching in response to a localized itch, like a mosquito bite. It creates scaly patches of skin, most commonly on the head, lower legs, wrists or forearms. Over time, the skin may become thickened and leathery.

  • Nummular Dermatitis appears as round patches of irritated skin that may be crusted, scaly and extremely itchy. Nummular dermatitis most frequently appears on the arms, back, buttocks and lower legs, and is usually a chronic condition.

  • Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common condition that causes yellowish, oily, and scaly patches on the scalp, face or other body parts. Dandruff, in adults, and cradle cap, in infants, are both forms of seborrheic dermatitis. Unlike other types of eczema, seborrheic dermatitis does not necessarily itch. 

  • Stasis Dermatitis also known as varicose eczema, is a skin irritation that appears on the lower legs of middle-aged and elderly people. It is related to circulation and vein problems. 


  • For mild cases, over-the-counter topical creams and antihistamines can relieve the itching.

  • In persistent cases, stronger medicine, such as steroid creams, oral steroids (corticosteroids), antibiotic pills or anti-fungal creams can be prescribed

  • The best form of prevention is to identify and remove the trigger.

  • You should also use mild cleansers and keep your skin well moisturized at all times. Also avoid scratching the rash (which can lead to infection) and situations that make you sweat, such as strenuous exercise.

  • Schedule an appointment to see what treatments are available for you.

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