Eczema symptoms can appear anywhere on the body and vary widely from person to person. The most common symptoms that can appear in any kind of eczema include:
- Dry, cracked skin
- Itchiness (pruritus)
- Rash on swollen skin that varies in colour depending on your skin colour
- Small, raised bumps, on brown or Black skin
- Oozing and crusting
- Thickened skin
- Darkening of the skin around the eyes
- Raw, sensitive skin from scratching
Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis (AD) can present with any of the lesions described above. However, the rash follows a characteristic distribution that varies with age.
In babies, the rash can appear as dry, scaly or red, oozing patches especially over the cheeks and scalp.
It is characterised by itchy, scaly patches in the creases of the elbows and knees. It can also appear on the neck, wrists, ankles and legs.
In some cases, thickening of skin may become noticeable due to chronic scratching
When AD develops after 18 years of age, it presents as extremely dry, itchy skin that gets irritated easily. It can also present as hand eczema or eyelid eczema.