Nummular Eczema-Get Some Relief From Your Symptoms
Author: Jeffrey Seymour
Nummular Eczema is a slight variation from regular eczema, which starts with very itchy patches or rashes on the skin, which develop into coin shaped patches of dermatitis. It can get steadily worse as it progresses, and for a lot of sufferers it is chronic. I've put together some tips here so you can try and prevent it yourself!
A fundamental way to prevent both nummular eczema and the regular kind is to be very particular about the clothing you have next to your skin. The wrong clothing can really make your eczema flare up. Try and stick to clothing that is very soft and 100% cotton. Woolen items are a definite no-no, as is anything else even slightly itchy. Also pay attention to the fit of your clothing. You don't want anything that's going to be too tight or clingy, as this can be just as bad as wearing the wrong kinds of fabrics.
Perfumes, scent agents and the detergent itself can all have very ugly effects on regular skin, so Eczema sufferers should be extra aware. If you've ever found that there is a certain piece of clothing that for some reason just drives you crazy with the itching and soreness one day, the problem is probably your detergent. You can eliminate much of this by going with a natural detergent which is unperfumed. This is good advice for both clothing and also for any toiletries which come into close proximity to your skin.
Sometimes people can assume that they can prevent Nummular Eczema or send it into regression by increasing the amount of baths or showers they take. This is kind of a double edged sword. Yes, bathing can reduce symptoms, as it will remove bacteria and microbes in the area which may eventually cause discomfort-BUT the more you bathe, the more your skin dries out, which will definitely make the eczema worse. The only compromise is to moisturize...
As I said, it can be beneficial to bathe twice a day, but only if you moisturize DIRECTLY after. Pat yourself down with a very soft towel, and apply your moisturizer to damp skin, which will hopefully help you lock even more of the moisture inside.
A highly acidic diet can prove bad for Eczema, scientists have found definite links, so it may be worthwhile trying to reduce the acidic content in the food you eat. This is tricky, unless you happen to be a dietician. If you don't you may want to visit a dietician for some advice. There is also a simpler solution, which is to take kelp supplements. The alkali in the kelp will help by neutralizing the acid in the food you eat.
No matter what kind of Eczema you have, it can make your life a real misery. Nummular eczema is one of the very worst kinds, so hopefully these few tips will help provide you with some relief.
Frequently Asked Questions
facial rash that led to nummular eczema?
back in february 2010, i suddenly got these small red raised bumps that formed a rash on the right cheek on my face. it was as if they showed up overnight and i don't know what caused them. i went to the doctor and they gave me a cream for impetigo, but the cream only made my face react worse. my face got insanely itchy from the cream and the cream didn't help at all. so i called the local hospital and they told me to put benadryl on it so i did, and i took liquid benadryl and when i woke up, the rashes were 50% better. it was crazy! i don't know what caused it and why it was treatable with benadryl.
now it happened again. it appeared on my left cheek in a constellation of 3 of the same kind of bumps but the bottom one didn't get better. it seemed to turn into a pimple. im a 17 year old girl but i rarely get pimples and i take really good care of my face. anyways, i got rid of 2 out of 3 of the bumps but then where the pimple was it turned into a bump and another one formed by my eye. i treat the pimple with pimple cream before it turned into a bump like the other two. now they seem to have healed but i have really bad dry patches on the left side of my face from the benadryl and pimple cream. between the last two sites of the bumps i have a lighted circular patch that looks a little white in the center with a ring around it. my mom said it looks like ringworm but i have a strong feeling its not. i researched a bit and i think i might have nummular eczema, but i cant find much about it appearing on the face. i want to get some other opinions of people who have nummular eczema. my face is a little itchy and its dry. i put a special lotion on it that is for very sensitive skin. it helps but it takes time to heal. is this typical of patients with nummular eczema?
pleaseeee help me!
i will really appreciate it!
it's not typical but could happen, so visit your doctor
School project on eczema?
Are these real types of eczema??
•Contact eczema: a localized reaction that includes redness, itching, and burning where the skin has come into contact with an allergen (an allergy-causing substance) or with an irritant such as an irritating acid, a cleaning agent, or other chemical
•Allergic contact eczema: a red, itchy, weepy reaction where the skin has come into contact with a substance that the immune system recognizes as foreign, such as poison ivy or certain preservatives in creams and lotions like Neosporin or Bacitracin
•Seborrheic eczema (also called seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea): is a very common form of mild skin inflammation of unknown cause that presents as yellowish, oily, scaly patches of skin on the scalp, face, ears, and occasionally other parts of the body. Often this is also called dandruff in adults or "cradle cap" in infants.
•Nummular eczema: coin-shaped (round), isolated patches of irritated skin -- mostcommonly on the arms, back, buttocks, and lower legs -- that may be crusted, scaling, and extremely itchy
•Neurodermatitis: a very particular type of dermatitis where the person frequently picks at their skin, causing rashes. The underling cause may be a sensitivity or irritation which sets off a cascade of repeated itching and scratching cycles. It may be seen as scratch marks and pick marks on the skin. Sometimes scaly patches of skin on the head, lower legs, wrists, or forearms caused by a localized itch (such as an insect bite) may become intensely irritated when scratched.
•Stasis dermatitis: a skin irritation on the lower legs, generally related to circulatory problems and congestion of the leg veins. It may have a darker pigmentation, light-brown, or purplish-red discoloration from the congestion and back up of the blood in the leg veins. It's sometimes seen more in legs with varicose veins.
Please help, :))
Can anyone help me identify a large rash on my back? (pictures included!)?
I first noticed a spot on my back that my boyfriend and I thought was an insect bite. I had an outer-circle of itchy, red, raised bumps and a single bump in the middle (sort of a 'bulls eye' effect, about 1.5 inches in diameter--first picture). The first doctor told me it was either ringworm or nummular eczema, and the anti-fungal cream had no effect (the spot continued to expand) but the corticosteriod cream caused it to stop spreading and it faded and stopped the itch. After the prescribed 2-weeks of use I stopped, and within a few days it started getting red again, growing larger, and became a sort of cluster of bumps about 3 inches in diameter with additional smaller circles forming around it as well (3 to be exact--2nd picture). That was in the course of a month, and about a week ago the 'red bumpy areas' got really dry/scaly and a thick, red, raised border formed along the outside of each red area. Most of the 'circles' are touching each other and the total area it covers on my back about 5 - 6 inches long/4 inches wide. The doctor I saw today spent a while looking through his skin-books before he came up with a diagnosis, and then said he thinks it's an 'atypical case' because it looks slightly different.
I don't want to say his diagnosis because I don't want to bias anyone... but I'm wondering if ANYONE has had anything similar and how long it took to clear up and/or what they had to use to do so. Any other ideas just what it might be?
Any advice/suggestions are appreciated!
Pictures (I apologize for the images, but I did this quickly and couldn't figure out how to re-size them to equal size):
Thanks for the responses so far... I figued I'd add what the doctor told me. He said it definitely wasn't shingles (and there isn't any pain involved, just itching!) and he thinks it's an 'atypical form of EAC-- Erythema Annulare Centrifugum.' Although from the pictures on the internet, I don't think it looks like that either and most of those cases don't seem to have much itching involved. I don't think there's an infection (no pus or open sores, just dry, raised, red, itchy skin). Other ideas? Thanks for the responses so far!
Well, I am not a doctor or anything, but do you think it could be this:
It says the atypical (raised) form is commonly misdiagnosed as ringworm and it also says that it goes away in 6-8 weeks.
The pictures kind of look the same to me!