Types of Eczema You Should Know

Eczema is a general term for any type of dermatitis or “itchy rash”. There are several skin diseases that are eczemas. All types of eczema cause itching and redness and some will blister, weep or peel. It typically affects the insides of the elbows, backs of the knees, and the face, but some eczema types can cover most of the body.


Atopic dermatitis is the most severe and chronic (long-lasting) kind of eczema.

Atopic Dermatitis


Hand eczema (also known as hand dermatitis) is a common condition affecting up to 10% of the population.

This is irritant contact dermatitis of the web spaces and fingers.


Contact dermatitis is a reaction that can occur when the skin comes in contact with certain substances, which can cause skin inflammation.

This image displays an allergy to the nickel found in the watch case. The result is a scaly, itchy, persistent skin rash where the watch touches the skin.


Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that is similar to eczema and sometimes occurs in patients with eczema.

Seborrheic dermatits can affect the upper chest and have round, red areas in addition to slight scaling.


This is a blistering type of eczema, which is twice as common in women. It is limited to the fingers, palms and soles of the feet.

This image displays deep-appearing blisters typical of dyshidrotic eczema.


Nummular eczema (also known as discoid eczema and nummular dermatitis) is a common type of eczema that can occur at any age.

This image displays a severe case of nummular dermatitis.


Neurodermatitis, also known as lichen simplex chronicus, is an itchy skin disease similar to atopic dermatitis.

This image displays scaly skin due to lichen simplex chronicus.


Stasis dermatitis is sometimes called venous stasis dermatitis because it arises when there is a problem with the veins, generally in the lower legs.

This image displays an early case of stasis dermatitis.


La Dermatitis Atópica (DA), es una enfermedad que causa comezón e inflamación de la piel.

Atopic Dermatitis