Eczema manifests as sensitive skin with rough, red, and scaly dry patches. The main symptom of eczema is severe itching. When eczema begins in childhood, it is a genetic condition called “atopic dermatitis” (see above). When eczema occurs on the hands and feet it can look like little blisters that then peel – this form is known as dyshidrotic eczema.  Another common form of eczema is known as contact dermatitis. This occurs due to an allergy – typically to a fragrance, preservative, metal, or other strong chemical – and can appear as a well circumscribed area on the skin. Yet another common form of eczema is nummular dermatitis – or “coin” shaped itchy spots.

Eczema in ethnic skin:
The severe inflammation of eczema can lead to discoloration that lasts for months. This is worsened by the scratching that results not only in discoloration, but often scars. Because eczema can occur on thicker skin areas such as the back and legs, the lesions take longer to heal.  As a person of ethnic origin, it is important to go see your doctor before deep marks and scars result.