Eczema: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

Symptoms of Eczema

Symptoms of eczema are mostly painless and may last for a short period or even be prevented altogether if you know what triggers your eczema. Children diagnosed with eczema may outgrow the skin condition, but others may experience eczema flare-ups their whole lives – think of stress or allergy-induced eczema. In general, you won’t be severely affected by eczema unless the symptoms form on visible parts of the body – think of the eye, face, neck, or hands. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for patients.

close up kids hand with allergic rash or eczema. severe allergic reaction, atopic skin

General Symptoms of Eczema

Every type has its own (rash) symptoms or affected areas on the body, but there are also general symptoms. These may vary per case, which means you don’t have to have all the symptoms for it to be eczema. If you have eczema, you will suffer from the following symptoms (on the skin):

  • Rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Fluid oozing from the rash
  • Dry skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Infections
  • Insomnia
  • Visual problems
  • Nausea
  • Withdrawal

How to Identify Which Type of Eczema I Have?

Atopic dermatitis

causes infected, dry, and itchy skin, in the form of a rash, and can occur anywhere on the body. When you have scratched open the affected area, fluid can run out of the rash, after which it becomes a crust. This is the most common form of eczema. So chances are you suffer from this. Contact dermatitis has almost all the same symptoms as atopic dermatitis but is caused differently. The only difference in symptoms is that the skin may become blistered or cracked.


can be recognized by the fact that it manifests as small spots on the skin. These small spots can be anywhere on the body and can be dry, tight, scaly, and itchy. The trick here is to not scratch because once you give in to this, you will continue to do so, as the itching will only get worse. Like its predecessor, Nummular eczema creates small patches on the skin. The difference is that this form manifests itself mainly on the limbs and the back of the hands. In addition, these lesions can be recognized by the fact that they are coin-shaped.

Dyshidrotic eczema is often described as eczema that dries out the skin, causing a burning sensation and a rash that blisters. Seborrheic dermatitis is a form of eczema that affects the scalp, eyebrows, beard, or mustache. The patches are often greasy with white or yellow scales. stasis dermatitis only affects the legs and/or ankles and is very similar to varicose veins.

Continue reading on the next page and find out how you can treat the symptoms.

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