Nummular Eczema still perplexes doctors as to its origin. As with all eczemas, the common denominator is that the parents are prone to allergies like hay fever. When an outbreak begins, it will start as a group a tiny read spots and lesions that will enlarge and come together in the shape of a coin. They can grow to be 2 – 10 centimeters in diameter. The red lesions will be a uniform red at first, then the center will start to clear, leaving what could have been mistaken for ringworm (a fungal infection).
Eczema is a general term for lesions or rashes on the skin. Nummular eczema is close relative to atopic dermatitis, asteatotic eczema, and stasis dermatitis. If these lesions are irritated further, they will 'leak' and crush over, just making the agony worse.
Nummular eczema is most often found on the legs, also on the torso, arms, and hands. It is more common in men then in women. Between the ages of 55 and 65 men will see it the most, while in women it's between 15 and 25. Nommular eczema does not discriminate. It is an equal opportunity ailment for all races, and it affects 1 out of ever 500 people.
Medicine has not found a cure for nummular eczema, they are limited to just treating the discomfort. When a weakened immune system is passed down from the parents, nummular eczema (or any eczema for that matter) may lie dormant until it is brought on by a simple insect bite, or a scrape with poison ivy. The infected areas should be kept lubricated with the use of creams, ointments, lotions, and bath oils. Bathing only once a day is recommended more then that makes matters worse. Air or pat dry. Avoid wool and lanolin. If symptoms start to worsen by becoming infected or wepy, topical antibiotics may be used. Severe cases require that oral corticosteroids be taken.
Alternative medicines have done more for the nummular eczema suffer then doctors and drug companies. It is broadly agreed that the body's immune system is not strong enough, or has been altered to combat allergens Incorporating fatty 3 acids, and herbal tonics has cleared up many forms of eczema.