Are there different types of eczema?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are several types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form. Other types include:

  • allergic contact eczema, caused by touching something that you are allergic to, such as poison ivy
  • contact eczema, caused by touching something irritating like a certain product or detergent
  • dyshidrotic eczema, which causes irritation and blisters on hands and feet
  • neurodermatitis, which causes patches of extreme itch
  • nummular eczema, which causes crusty, scaly spots
  • seborrheic eczema, which causes scaly patches on the face or scalp
  • stasis dermatitis, which affects lower legs and is often caused by a blood flow problem



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