The term eczema often refers to dermatitis (itchy, red skin) related to a persons allergic tendency. This atopic dermatitis commonly presents in infancy or childhood and later progresses to asthma and hay fever in later life. Although the term eczema is also used as a synonym for atopic dermatitis which is very confusing to the lay public. See https://oreganknow.com/2019/12/23/home-remedies-for-eczema-children/
There are other causes for eczema besides atopic dermatitis.
One of the most common causes of eczema is asteototic excema which results when the skin becomes dried out. This is particularly common in northern, cold climates so it is also called winter itch. This condition also occurs in extremely hot, dry climates such as deserts and even at high altitudes with low humidity. Frequent bathing and body washes and soaps exacerbate this condition. Asteatotic eczema is more common in the elderly, those with nutritional deficiencies and as a side effect from certain medications such as Accutane (isotretinoin).
OreganKnow healing ointment is especially good for asteatotic eczema, winter itchSee
and other forms of eczema such as atopic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis (see below).
Another form of eczema is contact dermatitis. This comes in 2 forms. Irritant dermatitis results from chronic and repeated contact with substances that irritate the skin. Irritants include detergents, shampoos and other chemicals. While some people are more sensitive to irritants, anyone who is exposed enough, on a repeated basis, will develop irritant dermatitis. The other form of contact dermatitis is allergic contact dermatitis. Here the immune system reacts against specific chemicals in a poison ivy type of reaction. Allergy only develops after several exposures and then each time on subsequent exposures. Common allergens causing allergic contact dermatitis include topical antibiotics such as latex and rubber, glues, fabrics. nickel and even nail polish. Neomycin and bacitracin in topical antibiotic ointments frequently cause allergic contact dermatitis which is why many people are choosing OreganKnow healing ointment for their burns, wounds, abrasions and cuts.
Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of eczema that presents with small blisters on the hands and feet. It is also called pompholyx eczema, and at times it causes swelling and pain. After the blisters resolve the skin appears cracked and dry. This condition can be triggered at times by fungal infections, consumption of nickel in the diet and even stress.
Nummular eczema is also called discoid eczema as the lesions are round or coin shaped. As seen in other types of eczema, the skin in nummular eczema is red, itchy, flaky and cracked. These lesions most often appear on the legs, the trunk and the abdomen. Occasionally, the lesions appear annular like a ring. These lesions occur in childhood and adults. Nummular eczema is often triggered by a dry cold climate. Nummular or coin shaped lesions are also sometimes a manifestation of atopic dermatitis or drug reactions.
Finally, eczema is sometimes secondary to varicose veins on the lower legs. Called stasis dermatitis, this may present with dry flaky skin, open weeping erosions and at times ulcers. Sometimes this may lead to a generalized eruption of eczema on other areas of the skin, called an id reaction.