Discoid Eczema or Nummular Eczema
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Causes of Discoid Eczema
The cause of discoid eczema is not known, but it usually occurs in cold weather and is most common in people who have dry skin. Typical aggravating factors in discoid eczema include:
- Hot weather
- Fabric softeners
- Soaps and detergents
- Wearing wool clothing
- Bathing more than once a day
- Minor skin injury such as an insect bite or a burn may instigate an episode
- Dry skin in the winter months can cause dry non-itchy resulting in round patches.
In younger people, discoid eczema tends to be seen in conjunction with atopic eczema. In adults it is said to be possibly associated with stress, local irritation of the skin, and drinking too much alcohol.
Symptoms of Discoid Eczema
Discoid eczema can affect any part of the body with particular emphasis on the lower leg. One or many patches appear, and may persist for weeks or months. The majority of patches are round or oval, hence the name 'discoid' or 'nummular' dermatitis, which refers to their disc or coin shape. They can be several centimeters across, or as small as two millimeters.
These well-defined patches are pink, red, or brown. They have a dry cracked surface or a bumpy, blistered or crusted surface. Discoid eczema may be extremely itchy, or scarcely noticeable. The skin between the patches is usually normal, but may be dry and irritable.
The patches may clear up without leaving a sign. However, in darker skin, marks may persist for months. These may be dark brown (post inflammatory hyper pigmentation) or paler than surrounding skin (post inflammatory hypo pigmentation).
Occurrence of Discoid Eczema
Discoid eczema, which may also be identified as nummular eczema, , gravitational eczema or varicose eczema, or are small round or coin-shaped red or pinkish patchy rashes occurring on the lower legs, ankles or the trunk of the body. Because of its rounded shape, it is sometimes mistaken for ringworms, but with discoid eczema there is no parasitic involvement, just red, irritated skin.
Discoid eczema most often affects the lower part of the body with most occurrences on the lower legs, back, buttocks and arms. The symptoms are most often itchy, scaly and crusty skin.
Discoid eczema may be also called varicose eczema as it often is found in the elderly. Most often varicose eczema is found in the leg veins and thus it is also called gravitational eczema as there is a blood circulatory problem in most of the elderly patients. Discoid eczema is not hereditary. Atopic dermatitis is not related to allergies or asthma. Bacterial infections can become present if conditions are not sanitary with resulting infections.
This type of eczema shows as discrete coin-shaped patches of eczema on the limbs. It can occur:
- on otherwise normal skin
- with generally dry skin
- with atopic eczema
Discoid eczema can affect all age groups and both sexes, but is usually associated with middle-aged or older men.