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Understanding the Different Types of Eczema

Eczema is a catch-all term that describes all the symptoms of dermatitis. While there are several types and an individual can experience several at the same time, all types of eczema exhibit a few common symptoms: dryness, scaliness, redness, and itching. 

The severity of eczema varies, and while you may be able to treat and prevent most cases on your own with Smart Lotion®, there are times when the intervention of a dermatologist may be recommended.

Understanding the types of eczema you suffer from will help you avoid triggers and keep outbreaks to a minimum.  There are seven different types of eczema, which we will be covering below:

1. Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most prevalent kind of eczema. It is thought to be hereditary because it typically occurs in infancy or childhood, usually before six months.

Furthermore, atopic dermatitis is also linked to a gene mutation that impairs the synthesis of a protein called filaggrin, which aids in forming a barrier on your skin that keeps moisture in and invaders like germs and viruses out. Skin is more susceptible and prone to become overdry, flaky, and inflamed if you don't get enough filaggrin. Because it causes inflammation in the skin, atopic dermatitis is classified as an autoimmune illness. 

2. Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis may affect anybody. It typically occurs after exposure to an irritant or allergen. Toxins found in cleaning or personal care items account for 80% of contact dermatitis flare ups as the chemicals harm the skin. Other irritants include scratchy wool clothes, metal clothing fixtures, and excessive hand washing.

Sometimes contact dermatitis is caused by an allergic response. Because they are the consequence of your body's immunological reaction, these outbreaks typically occur a few days after exposure to the allergen. 

3. Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema is a kind of eczema that causes small, irritating blisters on the fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet. This kind is prevalent in women and men between the ages of 20 and 40. It comes and goes like other types of eczema. This form of eczema may occur after being exposed to an irritant, such as the metal nickel. 

Flare ups of dyshidrotic eczema are difficult to avoid, given that something as simple as sweaty palms or frequent hand washing can trigger it. A proper skincare routine and avoidance of triggers is crucial to keeping breakouts at bay.

4. Neurodermatitis

A type of eczema affecting approximately 12% of the population, neurodermatitis is typically only experienced in a few small patches of skin and is characterized by intense itching. Over time, constant scratching can contribute to other skin issues and a sufferer’s skin may grow to be more leathery and discolored. 

5. Nummular Eczema

Like neurodermatitis, nummular eczema is usually experienced in a few small patches. Rather than intense itching, however, those who suffer from nummular eczema have small, coin-shaped lesions that may ooze liquid. The condition is often confused with psoriasis, ringworm, and fungal infection.

Aggressive treatment is necessary for relief, which is why SmartLotion™ is life changing for those who suffer from this condition.

6. Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis infects portions of your skin with a high concentration of sebaceous (oil) glands. It often occurs on your scalp as dandruff, your nose, or even your upper back.

According to researchers, seborrheic dermatitis is caused by an immunological reaction to a yeast called Malassezia that resides on your skin. If your immune system is weakened due to stress, hormonal fluctuations, or a medical disease such as HIV/AIDS, you are more prone to develop a sensitivity to yeast overgrowth.

7. Stasis Dermatitis

You are at risk for stasis dermatitis if you have inadequate blood flow to your legs. Varicose veins and other broken blood vessels cause blood to collect in your vessels and seep into your skin. Sufferers’ skin may acquire symptoms such as redness, scaliness, or pigmentation if there is insufficient, easy blood flow to feed it. 

Stasis dermatitis is caused by faulty blood vessels. Treatment differs from other types of eczema, and you may require varicose vein removal or different medicines to treat irritation and potential infections.

Final Thoughts

Because there is no cure for eczema, treatment consists of controlling symptoms and avoiding future flare-ups. Working with a doctor or dermatologist to determine what causes or worsens eczema symptoms is beneficial in finding eczema relief. Avoiding particular triggers or allergens may aid in the prevention or reduction of flare-ups, as is finding a dermatologist-developed cream like SmartLotion® that can treat all types of eczema.

Treat your stubborn red, itchy skin with the best eczema relief you can find in the market today. SmartLotion® is not just your ordinary lotion. It is the first-ever prebiotic lotion guaranteed to both relieve and prevent eczema outbreaks.Use the detailed skin care guide found on our website for condition-specific instructions on recovering and preventing dermatitis flare ups with SmartLotion®. Message us today to learn more!

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