Is eczema contagious?


Who I am

Before we start, let me first introduce myself to you, I am Jasmin H and I am 37 years old. I am by no means a blogger or a writer, so as you read through this site, you may not be impressed by my writing skill, and I am not here to impress you with my writing skill, but to inform you about my life long battle with Eczema . I have been suffering from Eczema since I was 7 . I finally overcame this whole ordeal 3 years ago. Now I am totally Eczema free and I did it not with any miracle drugs as there are none, but by changing some life and food habits and from the help of some everyday cream and lotions all of which I mentioned in the Eczema remedies section.  I have read and done all the research one can do, spend a whole lot of money on doctor’s visit as I am sure you know Dermatologist visits are not cheap and often some insurance do not cover the cost.  But I compiled some of what I found out to be useful and helpful in Eczema, thought I should share it with you.

What is eczema?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, is characterized by the inflammation of the epidermis which develops a range of symptoms. The term eczema means “to boil over” and in some languages is synonym with dermatitis. In other languages, dermatitis is associated with an acute condition and eczema with a chronic one. Eczema is not an infection; therefore it cannot be transmitted to the others.

Is eczema contagious

What causes eczema?

No one knows exactly what causes eczema but it is demonstrated that it has something to do with the environment, your physical and mental health and your emotions. Most often it is the result of an allergy or a direct contact with some substance that can irritate your skin. It can also appear for skin dryness or even very cold and dry weather, which in turn makes the skin dry.

Eczema is pretty common. It is considered that 1 of 10 people in the world will develop eczema in their lifetime. As I mentioned our mental and physical well being also has something to do with that. Due to a lot of stress, worries, anxiety our body tries to externalize itself, and It does so through eczema.

Classification of Various Types of Eczema

There are many types of eczema, some of which are common and some are not so common. Next, I will make a short classification for each type.

Most common Type Eczema
  • Atopic eczema – is an allergic disease, often inherited, usually on head and scalp, neck, inside of elbows, behind knees, and buttocks.
  • Contact dermatitis – is allergic (a reaction to an allergen) or irritant (can cause from direct contact with a substance that your body has allergic reaction to. One example would be laundry detergent, rash or similar irritation can be found on some people when they come direct contact with some laundry detergent, specially the powder type.
  • Xerotic eczema – This one comes from dry skin that turns into eczema, especially in winter days when weather is very dry and humidity is below 50%
  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis – is a form of eczema like dandruff which causes dry or greasy peeling of the scalp, eyebrows and face. Like all other Eczema this kind also is harmless.
Less common type Eczema
  • Dyshidrosis – appears only on palms, soles and sides of fingers and toes, and develops some opaque bumps accompanied by itch,  which is worsen usually at night.
  • Discoid eczema – often found on lower legs, characterized by round spots of oozing or dry rash, worsen in winter.
  • Venous eczema – occurs on people with blood flow circulation problem who are usually over 50 years of age, varicose veins  characterized by redness, itching, darkening of the skin if not treated it can develop into leg ulcer.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis – is related to celiac illness and cause intense itch and rash on arms, thighs, knees and back and gets worse at night.
  • Neurodermatitis – is an itchy area of pigmented eczema that results from scratching and rubbing.
  • Autoeczematization – is an eczematous reaction to either virus, fungi or bacterial infection, ; the reaction (Eczema) can vary in shape and feel by what virus, fungi or bacteria caused it. This type needs some prompt medical attention to keep the infection is control.

Once again, the question brought you to this site, as you can see by now, the answer to “is eczema contagious?” is a big NO.


Eczema Symptoms

Our skin protects our entire body from everything around us. Therefore, our duty is to take care of it as much as we can. If it becomes too dry it can turn into eczema, something that we do not want. The symptoms are pretty much the same with small differences from person to person:

  • Skin hot to touch at first
  • Itching that can go worse at night (itching can be so bad that you feel that you want to peel your skin off)
  • Inflammation of the area
  • Red and irritated skin
  • Small, fluid-filled bumps that fluid can ooze out
  • Dry and scaly skin
Does eczema spread? Is Eczema Contagious?

Eczema can effect anybody, no meter what age, country or gender he or she is. It often shows in infants because they have more sensitive skin. Sometimes you can develop eczema even if you are 40 or 70. Remember that eczema is a common skin problem. Keep your calm and just treat the symptoms.

Unfortunately, eczema can be inherited, especially by people who have asthma or allergies like hay fever. If your parents and grandparents shared with you those genes, you may develop it anytime in your life. So, eczema can be triggered by anything that you are allergic or sensitive. The good thing is that if you have a strong immune system, you may not have eczema ever.

You can’t take eczema if you touch somebody’s skin or the same objects with him/her, or if you exchange fluids or cloths. But, you can be allergic to the cream or soap he/she uses to treat the rash and your skin becomes irritated. Do not panic! You did not take eczema! Besides, if the person scratches the inflamed area or if it just erupts, the wound may become infected and you can take the infection. Therefore, you can develop something that seems to be eczema but is not. Contact the doctor to see what you have. Furthermore, if the liquid from those blisters gets on you, stay calm and just wash that area do not worry you did not contract eczema.

Eczema Remedies and Treatments

It is important to understand, there are no known reasons to this disease, but there are plenty of treatments available for it. But not one treatment cures all types of Eczema.  The first thing you have to do is to keep a diet because some kinds of aliments worsen the skin condition. You can read more about treatments in How to treat eczema. If you are a green person or just someone interested in natural ways to treat something, you can read some tricks in Natural remedies for eczema. However, if you respect those indications, your agony can ameliorate.

We hope that what you read above answered  your questions. You can discover more useful information if you check How to treat eczema, Natural remedies for eczema, Eczema on face, Eczema on hands, etc. If you still have questions about on how is eczema contagious, do not hesitate to ask us.

In the end we invite you to watch a video made by Dr.Schultz that explains what Eczema really is.