The Different Types of Eczema

When somebody says "eczema" I think many people tend to think of the dry, scaly type of eczema. Also known as dermatitis, it actually has a wide range of symptoms.

From blisters and blotches to flaky and scaly, it appears in many forms and for various reasons.

I happened to be diagnosed with contact dermatitis as well as atopic.

This is what mine usually looks like when it pops up:


About two and a half years ago, I did a post on the different types of eczema I came across in my research. At the time, I found five:

  • atopic dermatitis
  • contact dermatitis
  • dyshidrotic dermatitis
  • nummular dermatitis
  • seborrheic dermatitis

Over the last couple years, I began noticing a few new classifications. These days, there are eight!

Contact Dermatitis

Contact Dermatitis occurs when your skin comes into contact with an irritant or allergen, commonly from chemicals in personal care products or hard metals. This reaction can range anywhere from red blotches to weepy blisters.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis usually occurs in children and is is one of the most chronic and severe forms of eczema. It crops up commonly on the arms, legs, ears and cheeks and tends to be a rash or dry, itchy, cracked skin which kicks off a scratching cycle... presenting the risk for broken skin and infection.

Dyshidrotic Dermatitis

Burning, scaly patches or itchy blisters limited to the fingers palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Hand Eczema

Yup, you guessed it: eczema on your hands. This can be any of the typical eczema symptoms such as scaly patches, blisters, red blotches.


AKA lichen simplex chronicus, Neurodermatitis displays itself in concentrated, thick patches. While some say the cause is unknown, other information says it's due to the irritation of nerve endings or too much rubbing in one particular area.

Nummular Eczema

AKA discoid eczema/dermatitis, this condition tends to happen after a bug bite or skin injury. They appear as red, irritated coin-shaped areas and can be dry, scaly or blistered.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This chronic disease tends to develop on the scalp, face and upper chest. In babies, it tends to be called "cradle cap" when it's on the scalp. It can appear waxy, red, yellowish, flaky or scaly.

Stasis Dermatitis

Also called venous stasis dermatitis, this condition tends to occur in the legs when circulation issues with the veins end up affecting the skin.


PHEW! That was a lot! The rainbow of eczema is pretty vast, isn't it?

Which type(s) of eczema do you have, if you have any?


sources: NEA, AAD, NIH