Among all types of allergies that can affect us, nummular eczema is one of the least known and one of the most complicated to be treated. And exactly for that reason, we have gathered in today’s text all the information you need to know about this type of allergy so particular. After all, what exactly is nummular eczema? What are the symptoms that manifest? How is your diagnosis made? And how is the treatment done? If you want to know the answer to these and other questions on the subject, read the text to the end and check it out!
What is Nummular Eczema?
Nummular eczema is a type of skin allergy that can manifest itself at different levels in our body. It usually affects people over 40, but it is not limited to just that group. Unlike other itchy skin allergies, nummular eczema often presents with scabs and even scales. In addition to being quite uncomfortable, this can also bring some difficulties in daily tasks and, for this reason, it is important to treat nummular eczema.
What causes Nummular Eczema?
The causes of nummular eczema are not yet known in medicine. However, there are some speculations that may help to understand why this type of skin allergy occurs. Some experts claim that nummular eczema can be an aggravation of atopic dermatitis. Evidence also points to the relationship between this type of allergy and dry skin, especially in winter, where the cold helps to damage the skin.
Symptoms of Nummular Eczema
In order for you to better understand what nummular eczema is and how it can be treated, it is important to first know what your symptoms are. The first and most evident of these is the formation of plaques that, as we have already said, form crusts that can be scaly.
These plates are usually between 2cm and 10cm and tend to appear at the ends of the body , such as the hands and feet. However, plaques can also appear in the buttocks and trunk, especially when the allergy is at a more advanced stage. A person can have only a few of them or up to about 50.
People who have nummular eczema tend to have lesions from time to time, especially in places where they have appeared before.
How is the Diagnosis done?
In order for a doctor to arrive at a diagnosis of nummular eczema, a clinical evaluation is made . In it, in addition to analyzing the patient’s injuries, the doctor can also raise a history to understand what are the possible causes of this type of allergy. In some cases, you will have to do tests to be sure of what it is about, because only then will you be able to perform the correct treatment for your case.
How is the treatment done?
First of all, it is important to note that nummular eczema is a very specific type of allergy with unknown origins. Therefore, treatments can vary and are not always fully effective. The most common, when a patient has the allergy manifested in a milder way, is that a doctor prescribes creams for hydrating the skin, in addition to warning the patient to drink plenty of fluids, as this also helps to keep the skin more hydrated.
Some doctors also recommend treatments with antibiotics , corticosteroids and even phototherapy , in some cases. As we said, the treatments are not always completely efficient and, exactly for that reason, this range of alternatives can be beneficial for your case.
In any case, to avoid possible complications, it is important that you try to find out what is the causative agent of nummular eczema and avoid contact with it as much as possible. If the allergy tends to manifest itself more in the winter, for example, start taking precautions before the cold even arrives . This way, you avoid that this allergy can bring you any type of complication.
What are the complications that Nummular Eczema can bring?
Nummular eczema, although it can be quite uncomfortable on some occasions, does not usually cause major complications, such as skin diseases, for example. Still, it is very important that you take all necessary precautions and visit a doctor to find out how to treat yourself. After all, when nummular eczema is not treated, the biggest damage is your skin , which in addition to being extremely dry, can acquire definitive marks.
Although nummular eczema is not widely known, it is important to know more about this type of allergy and the problems it can bring to our lives. As it is a condition that presents itself in specific cases, it is important to know a little more about it and how it manifests itself in our bodies. That way, it becomes easier to understand not only how to treat it, but also how to prevent it from becoming a problem again for us.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.