Eczema, dermatitis,  or simply skin rash, there are many names for skin conditions that are essentially the same or at least closely related.

The reason I am writing this is because I believe that a lot of the strategies for the successful treatment of these conditions, such as eczema, can be equally successfully applied to these other skin problems.

Before reading this article, please be aware that this information is based on my own research and opinion, I am not a dermatologist.

Dermatitis really means skin rash, whereas eczema is regarded as an inflammation of the skin. The result is skin that is sometimes dry, red, cracked or even bleeding, and unfortunately painfully itchy.

There are a number of different types of eczema, which I will briefly mention, although I believe that successful treatment strategies for all of them are mostly identical.

Dyshidrotic eczema, also called Pompholyx
This is the type of eczema I’m suffering from. It occurs most often on your arms and feet and causes tiny blisters filled with clear fluid. The blisters are extremely itchy and tend to get worse in summer.

Dyshidtroic eczema on the palm of my hand

Dyshidrotic eczema on the palm of my hand

Atopic Eczema
It is believed to be either an allergic reaction, hereditary, or a combination of both, and often results in itchy rashes,

Contact Eczema
Eczema that occurs when the skin is in contact with certain substances which are thought to act as allergens, resulting in irritated skin. Whilst contact eczema will improve when avoiding contact with the allergen, this is not always possible, especially when contact with the substance is work related, e.g. latex gloves, detergent, flour, etc.

Other than strictly avoiding the responsible allergen, there are ways to influence how your body reacts when exposed to these substances, which I will refer to in one of the future posts.

Seborrhoeic Eczema
Also called cradle cap, this form of eczema resembles dandruff, but apart from the scalp can also occur in other areas of your body,  such as your face.

Xerotic Eczema
Dry, cracked skin that is usually itchy and can bleed is called xerotic eczema. Lack of moisture and a dry climate may make the symptoms worse.

There are a number of other forms of eczema which may be less common. The cause for these types is either unknown or similar to the types described above.

In the next post I will describe the types of treatment I tried and the results I had.