What is nummular eczema and how do I treat and manage it?

  • by Petra Jelinkova

Nummular eczema (also called nummular dermatitis) is an itchy rash that forms coin-shaped patches on the skin. It appears scaly and red around the circular shaped lesions, and can cause itching and burning on the skin. It can occur at any age and is difficult to treat. Colloidal oatmeal deeply hydrates and protects the irritated skin from this condition, and is the hero ingredient in our bath soaks and moisturiser. This less common type of eczema is long lasting but there are periods of the time where nummular eczema can get better and then worse again.

 What causes Nummular eczema in my child?

There is no known cause for nummular eczema, however it is more likely to occur in children with a family history of asthma, allergies or atopic eczema. It is more common during winter and is associated with dry skin. Your child may have very sensitive skin that gets irritated easily so try and keep their skin hydrated throughout the day with regular moisturising, this can help to manage nummular eczema.

 What can trigger Nummular eczema?

  • temperature changes
  • stress
  • dry skin
  • irritants such as wool, rough clothing, soaps and detergents

Nummular eczema can look like ringworm, so it is important to make sure that the rash you see is not a fungal infection, especially if your child is not responding to treatment. Keep seeking advice from your doctor to make sure your child’s nummular eczema is being properly managed.

How can I manage my child’s Nummular eczema?

Unfortunately, like all eczema there is no cure, however there are effective ways to manage and control this type of eczema for your child. Keep up with your moisturising skincare routine, as well as avoiding common triggers. It is important to keep in mind that each child with eczema has different triggers which can bring on a flare up, so try and watch out for what worsens your child’s symptoms so you can then avoid them.

  • Speak to your doctor about covering  the affected area. This is because unlike atopic eczema, nummular eczema causes lesions in the skin. Covering the affected areas with moist bandages will keep the skin hydrated and protected from environmental irritants. Applying moisturisers regularly also helps keep your child’s skin soft and minimises the dryness that that could lead to severe itching.

 

  • Giving your child a daily bath with a moisturising bath soak helps keep their skin clean, hydrated, moisturised and clear from irritants. This is because  water washes away any bacteria or allergens that may have built up on your child’s skin, minimising the possibility of infection. Hot water can increase the symptoms of eczema, so it is wise to keep your little one in a lukewarm bath for no more than ten minutes.

 

  • Stick to your little one’s regular skincare routine to keep moisture from escaping. Daily treatment helps manage your child’s eczema and helps block irritants from entering their skin or causing infection.

The good news is many children’s skin seems to clear up from nummular eczema. It is important to continue to manage symptoms to avoid itchiness, distress and infection. 

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult


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