What is discoid eczema?
Discoid eczema, also called nummular eczema or nummular dermatitis, is one of the less common forms of eczema and is characterized by coin-shaped lesions or sores on the skin. The circular shape of these lesions earns this type of eczema the name “discoid” eczema. These sores tend to recur, and they can vary significantly in number and size.
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While its exact cause is not known, discoid eczema has been linked to allergies. It is more common in adults than children. There is no cure for discoid eczema, but you have a variety of treatment options, and by following a physician-monitored plan of care, your symptoms can be controlled effectively, making the disease quite manageable.
While discoid eczema is uncomfortable, it is not usually serious unless excessive scratching and the resultant inflammation causes a secondary bacterial or fungal cellulitis (infection of the skin), which can be potentially serious for individuals with diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), or those taking immune-suppressing drugs.
The irritation from discoid eczema can lead to a cycle of itching and scratching that can predispose you to infections of the skin. If untreated, these infections may eventually progress to cellulitis, which may rarely lead to serious, even life-threatening complications.
If cellulitis results from secondary infections, potentially serious complications can occur. Left untreated, cellulitis can lead to serious, even life-threatening complications. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have serious symptoms, such as high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), blackened skin, confusion, lethargy, loss of consciousness, or red lines appearing on the skin, especially extending from the affected area.
What are the symptoms of discoid eczema?
The symptoms of discoid eczema include coin-shaped lesions or sores on the skin that vary significantly in number. The lesions can also vary in size from a few millimeters to centimeters. These lesions are itchy and scaly, and they can ooze fluid, eventually causing the sores to become crusty.... Read more about discoid eczemasymptoms
What causes discoid eczema?
How is discoid eczema treated?
Discoid eczema is a chronic skin condition that is not curable. However, by following a physician-monitored plan of care, your symptoms can be controlled effectively, making the disease fairly comfortable to live with.... Read more about discoid eczematreatments