Eczema is a word used to describe skin conditions that can cause the skin to flake and discolor. It is often dry and itchy and sometimes blisters form.

The words “eczema” and “dermatitis” mean the same thing. Below, you’ll find skin conditions often called “eczema” or ” dermatitis.”

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Atopic dermatitis

Children, especially babies, are most likely to get this type of eczema, which begins with very itchy skin on the arms and legs.

Contact dermatitis

Objects that touch our skin cause this type of eczema. The skin may become irritated or develop an allergic reaction. Many people develop contact dermatitis when jewelry contains nickel. Poison ivy also causes contact dermatitis.

Dyshidrotic dermatitis

Found only on the hands or feet, this eczema causes a burning or itching sensation and blisters.

Hand eczema

Any type of eczema that appears on the hands can be called hand eczema. A patient may have atopic dermatitis or any other type of dermatitis.


People develop this type of eczema when the nerve endings in their skin become irritated. The irritated nerves triggers severe itching.

Nummular dermatitis

Circular marks are seen on the skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Oily, red patches form on the scalp and sometimes the face.

Stasis dermatitis

Poor circulation in the legs causes this rash.