Your doctor may be able to diagnose nummular eczema by asking you about your medical history and visually inspecting your skin. They may also want to perform a skin biopsy to help rule out other possible conditions, such as an infection. During the biopsy, the doctor will remove a small piece of skin tissue from the affected area. The sample will then be analyzed for the presence of bacteria. If your doctor suspects the lesions are a result of an allergic reaction, they may perform an allergy test as well. However, you may be able to manage your condition by making certain lifestyle changes and avoiding triggers.
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Since nummular eczema seems very closely related to other chronic inflammatory conditions, using the same preventative techniques to prevent flare-ups for these conditions may work. This could include eating a diet that focuses on minimizing inflammation , taking antihistamines when needed, and trying to influence internal factors rather than just external or environmental ones. Symptoms of Nummular Eczema or Dermatitis There are a variety of symptoms of discoid eczema nummular eczema , and they may come in waves.
You may first begin to notice a small group of red spots on the skin. These can appear anywhere, although they are unlikely to show up on the head or scalp. Eventually, they might form larger pink, red, or brown patches. The size of the coin-shaped spots can vary from a few millimeters to several centimeters, and usually arise with swelling. As they swell, they may appear like blisters with small, fluid-filled pockets at the surface, which may ooze fluid. Over time, the spots may become crusty, dry, cracked, or flaky, which is what leads to confusion about ringworm.
The outer ring of the rash will remain red, brown, or purple while the inside portion will appear white or yellowish, or return to its original color. The rash can also become quite itchy, and may intensify at night.
This may be aided through the use of an antihistamine or doctor-prescribed corticosteroid cream. Nummular Eczema Treatment Generally, a breakout of nummular eczema will be treated through topical ointments to either add moisture to the area or battle inflammation.
A doctor will usually prescribe a strong corticosteroid to apply to the area, which often remedies the situation quickly. Taking oral antihistamines before bed can help ease nighttime itchiness. Natural moisturizers may work best here so that there is little irritation.
Sometimes the best defense is prevention, so eating a diet low in processed foods and high in leafy greens and healthy fats, as well as avoiding known irritants, may be beneficial for limiting inflammation.
You may be able to help control it by: Avoiding wool and other skin irritants that can trigger symptoms Avoiding excessive bathing and hot water Getting rid of harsh soaps loaded with chemicals Trying to avoid stressful situations and finding ways to minimize stress ; exercise, improving sleep hygiene , yoga and mindfulness can all help with stress relief.
There are a number of inflammatory conditions that can be aided by lifestyle decisions. Although they might not specifically target nummular eczema, they can create an internal environment that limits the chances and seriousness of an outbreak. For example, eating more leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables instead of processed foods, refined sugars, and packaged goods can keep inflammation low, which is a preventative measure against inflammatory flare-ups.
For some, lectin absorption may also be a problem. There is anecdotal evidence from cardiac surgeon and The Plant Paradox author Dr. Steven Gundry that suggests removing lectin-rich food from the diet may improve skin-related inflammatory conditions like vitiligo.
Specific nutrients that may help with inflammation include omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils as well as healthy fats from olive oil. Vitamin E from leafy greens and vitamin D might also help. Better Sleep Another way to limit inflammation is to improve sleep quality. Setting up a consistent sleep schedule and aiming for seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night can drastically help with stress and inflammation.
If you notice the symptoms of nummular eczema flaring up, some quick things to do to battle symptoms include: Using moist bandages to cover and protect the area.
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