There are many kinds of eczema creams sold by a multitude of pharmaceutical companies. Some of them are for generic use and can be used for all eleven types of eczema. Consequently, other eczema creams are specifically formulated for certain types of eczema and their associated symptoms. If you have eczema which manifests its self as dry itchy rashes, you need to know which cream variety is effective for the type that you have.
One way of learning which eczema creams will work for your dry rash is to find out which type of eczema that you have. Although eczema is normally associated with body rashes and itching, the kind of rashes that a person suffers from depends on what eczema he or she has. The common symptom that many types of eczema share is a dry rash. But even though these certain eczema types have a common symptom, it does not mean that the dry rashes look similar to each other and that one eczema cream will work for all of them.
People who develop itchy dry skin are more likely to have atopic dermatitis only because it is one of the few types of eczema associated with flaking dry patches of skin and it is the most common type of eczema that plagues a large percentage of the population, affecting babies, children, and adults. In babies, the dry rash usually oozes and shows up on their neck, arms, and legs. Children who have atopic dermatitis have more severe symptoms than the infants in that the rashes and itchiness are more persistent. Adults, on the other hand, develop the dullest looking patches of dry skin compared to babies and children. In adults, these rashes may show up on the face, necks, hands, fingers, feet, and toes.
Although, there are also other kinds of eczema associated with dry rashes and these are sebaceous dermatitis, xerotic eczema, and nummular eczema. Just as with atopic dermatitis, sebaceous dermatitis is also a frequent kind of eczema characterized by itchy dry skin. The only difference is that unlike atopic dermatitis, the dry rash with sebaceous dermatitis is normally red. Xerotic eczema bears more resemblance to atopic dermatitis because they are both characterized by dry itching skin. But, xerotic eczema varies because it is triggered by winter and only shows up on the lower legs and underarms.
It is only in the elderly that eczema displays itself differently as red itchy pimples. As soon as you see dry rashes developing in any part of your body, have yourself checked by a dermatologist. A licensed doctor will be able to appropriately assess your symptoms and diagnose your eczema whether it is atopic, sebaceous, xerotic, or nummular eczema. From there on, your physician will prescribe you certain eczema creams which are made for dry eczema rashes.