Eczema is a skin condition that is often mixed up with the skin condition psoriasis and much about eczema is still a mystery to the medical community.  Eczema is considered to be a disease, like psoriasis and has some similar characteristics which would explain why it is mistaken for psoriasis at times.  One of the main differences between these two conditions is that adult eczema is often found on the muscle joints and psoriasis is not generally found in these places.  Eczema is classified as a form of dermatitis and can occur in those who have it in their genetic backgrounds and in those who do not have it in their genetic backgrounds.

Eczema will most commonly begin when an individual is a baby or as a child and can attack both women and men and also older people.  Therefore, it is not restricted to occurring when a person is young.  Eczema can differ from person to person but it can usually be defined as dry, red spots on the skin that are very itchy.  Eczema has been known as the itch that causes a rash as when you itch the spots that appear a rash will usually follow.  There is more than one type of eczema that a person may suffer from.  Each type is believed to have different causes.  Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema and it is believed to be inherent.  This eczema is sometimes known as infantile eczema as it is a hereditary condition and will often be seen in children.  Xerotic eczema is a rare form of this condition and is caused by dry skin.  Often times, an individual must have dry skin all year round to where the skin becomes so dry and cracked that the lesions of eczema begin to develop.  This condition often happens to elderly people and effects the limbs and torso in most cases.  Discoid eczema usually gets worse in the winter and can be identified by round, red lesions on lower limbs in most cases.

Unfortunately, eczema is a chronic condition to which there is no cure as of yet for the disorder.  Eczema is not considered to be dangerous in most cases and the rashes and red spots can be treated when they appear.  There are steps and measures to help contain eczema such as refraining from using harsh soaps, coming in contact with harsh chemicals in products and other factors.  It is wise to speak with a doctor about your eczema and the best treatment options for you.