There are many types of eczema. Some are less common than others.
The variety and severity of the symptoms are dependent on a wide range of factors including the type of skin. A person’s skin type or “dermatome” will determine the types of eczema that are experienced. Other factors that can influence the type of eczema include skin irritants, exposure to various weather conditions, and the amount of moisture in the skin.
Dermatome can be broken down into four main categories. In this article, we will discuss these four major categories.
Contact Dermatitis. This is the most common form of eczema and is usually the result of contact with an irritant containing the substance. The most common irritants are chemicals, perfumes, alcohol, and soaps. On occasion, sunlight can trigger this kind of eczema as well. Irritant cream medications that are taken internally by the body can also cause this condition.
Allergic Dermatitis. This is rarer than contact dermatitis. It is caused by an allergic reaction to a foreign substance. This is often the result of allergic reactions to molds or dust mites.
Autoimmune Disease. This condition usually results from severe stress or even a genetic predisposition. Sometimes an individual can be diagnosed with this disease, but it does not appear until he/she has already developed eczema. In most cases, the patient can prevent or correct this condition with diet changes and some additional treatment or medications.
Allergic Dermatitis. This is an even rarer form of eczema and appears in cases where the patient has contact dermatitis, but may not actually have the infection that was originally present.
Mild Eczema. This is a relatively common form of eczema that occurs as a response to stress, weather conditions, or medications.
Atopic Dermatitis. This is a type of eczema that develops due to the effect of allergens on the skin and is more common in people who suffer from allergies.
Hereditary Eczema. This is another type of eczema that is usually a result of a genetic predisposition. The result is usually dry and itchy skin.