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    What are the different types of eczema?

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  • Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    The most common type of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis, and that's the one that begins in childhood and it is often associated with asthma or hay fever. Other types include:

    -Dyshidrotic Dermatitis where people get circular patches of eczema often begins in women in their 30s or mainly in their 50s.
    -Stasis Dermatitis, which often occurs in the context of varicose veins and leg ulcers.
    -Asteatotic Dermatitis which usually occurs in the elderly on the front of their shins, when they're using a lot of soaps and detergents and the skin dries out.
    -Contact Dermatitis which is when the eczema appears as a direct result of contact with something which they're allergic to.

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