Sebaceous dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema. Even though it is not the most prevalent form of eczema – because infantile eczema snatches this crown – it nonetheless affects a lot of people. Xerotic and allergic eczema are two more other types of eczema troubling thousands. Eczema may be more rampant than we know.
You are not the only person suffering from eczema. Millions from around the world suffer from it too. Most of them just don’t know it and have not been properly diagnosed. One probable reason why most people have undiagnosed eczema is because they do not take their rashes as serious skin problems. They feel the rashes are normal skin reaction when they aren’t, only noticing that something is wrong when the same symptoms recur. Meanwhile, the few whose symptoms are diagnosed as eczema only seek out diagnosis since their symptoms are obdurate and incessantly uncomfortable.
The quintessential eczema symptom is a red itching rash, but this is not always the case. There are various types of eczema that present a diverse set of eczema symptoms. Having yourself checked by a medical professional or a dermatologist is the best way to find out which type of eczema you have. But finding out for yourself won’t hurt you, as long as you still seek professional medical advice and interventions afterward.
Fundamentally, there are only two ways that eczema symptoms manifest themselves- either the rashes are dry or bumpy.
Eczema With Itching Bumps On Skin:
Red itching skin bumps are the only symptoms often associated with eczema. But only two types of eczema actually have these symptoms – infantile eczema and xerotic eczema. Infantile eczema or atopic dermatitis is the most rampant type. Allergies to food, inhalation of allergens like pollen, and exposure to animal fur and dander are among the few factors known to trigger infantile eczema. Only children and babies with eczema atopica are the ones most likely to develop these red itchy bumps on their skin because adults often display a different symptom.
In contrast to infantile eczema, xerotic eczema is due to the cold weather during winter. One similarity between xerotic eczema and infantile eczema however is that they both manifest the same red itchy bumps at a certain age group. While the itching bumps on the skin show up in children and babies that have infantile eczema, it shows up in the elder years of those who have xerotic eczema.
People that have large red blotches on the skin which look more severe than xerotic or infantile eczema may have what we call allergic eczema. Like infantile eczema, it can also be caused by certain allergens. Only, it has far worse symptoms because it causes severe body rashes and itching.
Eczema With Dry Itching Skin:
Another common eczema symptom is a dry rash. Sometimes, people take this symptom for granted thinking that it is only dry skin. A simple dry skin, however, isn’t supposed to look scaly and flaky. When you find that you have dry patches of skin on one or more of your areas of your body, then you should think about the chance that you also have infantile or xerotic eczema. With infantile eczema, the patches of dry skin may scale and ooze. On the other hand, the same symptom has a slightly different variation with xerotic eczema, appearing to be cracking and scaling instead of oozing. In both these types, only adults have these manifestations.
If dry rashes happen to show on the face and the scalp, it is more likely that you have sebaceous dermatitis or dermatitis seborrheic rather than xerotic or infantile eczema. Sebaceous dermatitis is the only type of eczema that can be triggered by stress. It affects the sebaceous glands of the skin, causing these reddish patches of dry skin to flake and look like dandruff on the scalp, hence the term sebaceous dermatitis and psoriasis of the scalp.