The origin of Nummular Eczema still perplexes doctors. Like all eczemas, the common denominator is the propensity to allergies such as hay fever. When an outbreak starts it contains a group of tiny red lesions and spots that enlarge and form one in the shape of a round circle.
They are at times between 2 and 10 centimeters in diameter. The color of the lesions are at first a uniform red then the center will begin to clear often leaving what people mistake for ring worm which is a fungal infection.
Eczema is a general name for rashes and lesions on the skin. Nummular eczema is close in relation to atopic dermatitis, stasis dermatitis and asteatotic eczema. If these types of lesions become irritated to a further extent, they will open then crust over making it that much more agonizing.
Nummular eczema is most commonly found on the legs, torso, hands and arms and much more common with men than women. Men ages 55 to 65 see it most often while in women it is most common between 15 and 25. It is equal for all races and affects one in 500.
There is no cure for nummular eczema therefore there are limitations to what can be done and that is limited to just treating the discomfort. If there has been a weakened immune system that parents have passed down nummular eczema or any other eczema could lie dormant until a simple scrap, insect bite or poison ivy bring it out.
The best thing is to keep the areas that are most affected moist with ointments, creams, bath oils or lotions. If you bath more than once a day that could make things worse and it is best to pat or air dry. Lanoline and wool should be avoided and if symptoms worsen because of weepy or infection there are topical antibiotics that can help.
Severe outbreaks can require oral corticosteroids to be prescribed to help. There are a number of alternative medicines that have done much more than drug companies and doctors have done for the sufferer. Fatty 3 acids and herbal tonics are known to have cleared up eczema.