This type of eczema often affects these areas:
- Sides or back of the neck
- Inside and behind the ear
People may scratch affected areas during the day without realizing it. They may also scratch while asleep.
Usually, neurodermatitis causes a skin outbreak that doesn't get any bigger. But the irritated skin can grow thick and deeply wrinkled. Infections may also develop in the irritated areas.
The main treatment for this type of eczema is to stop scratching it. In the meantime, steroid medicines that are rubbed onto the skin can help treat symptoms.
This type of eczema is better known as dandruff. In infants, it affects the scalp. In adults, it also often affects these areas:
- Sides of the nose
- Area behind the ears
- Center of chest
Seborrheic dermatitis causes skin to fall off in flakes. The condition may be due to an overgrowth of a type of yeast that normally lives in these areas, as well as an overgrowth and rapid shedding of cells on the scalp. It may be especially hard to treat in people whose immune systems aren't working properly, including people with AIDS .
Treatments vary between infants and people with the condition later in life. The treatments include:
Stasis dermatitis can arise quickly, causing weeping and crusting of the skin. Over time, this type of eczema can cause the skin to develop brown stains.
- Steroid creams or ointments
- Creams or lotions that lubricate the skin
- Moist compresses
- Antibiotics to treat infections
- Elevating the legs