Eczema is a dry skin condition which comes in different forms and varies from person to person. It is not contagious so it is safe to be around those suffering from this skin condition. In mild cases of eczema, skin is dry, red and itchy. Scratching can lead the skin to split, bleed and open to infection. Though it can occur at any age, it is primarily seen in children. Those who get eczema during their childhood are more likely to get it again later in life.
- Atopic Dermatitis: This type of Eczema is chronic and inflammatory. You may be genetically inclined to develop Atopic Dermatitis or AD if your family has a history of this type of eczema. Meaning, this could be hereditary but it is not necessary that it will be passed from parent to child in all cases. AD usually develops in children under the ages of 5 and a combination of genetic and environmental factors might play a role in who gets infected.
- Contact: As the name suggests, Contact Eczema occurs as a result of contact with allergens or irritants in our environment. This causes the skin to become red and itchy. In most cases, Contact Eczema happens on arms and legs, or parts of the body which come into contact with these allergens.
- Varicose: This type of eczema is common in later life, particularly in women, but can occur from the teenage years onwards. If you have poor circulation, blood clot in your legs, varicose veins, have had phlebitis or cellulitis in the past or are overweight you are prone to developing varicose eczema.