Also known as discoid eczema, nummular eczema is named after the latin word “nummulus” which means a coin. This is because it’s characterized by distinctive ‘coin-shaped’ lesions that appear on the skin. These spots may be itchy and can either be very dry and scaly or wet and open. Keep reading to discover the causes and symptoms of nummular eczema, as well as some natural ways to treat it.
What Does Nummular Eczema Look Like?
Nummular eczema is identified by a group of bumps appearing on the skin. These bumps can form larger patches that are often swollen or cracked in a circular pattern. Often they are covered with small fluid-filled blisters. The center of the patch, however, can sometimes be clear, resulting in a ring of discolored skin surrounding it.
This is why nummular eczema is often mistaken for ringworm. While it’s possible to have just one patch of discoid eczema, it’s far more common to have several patches throughout the body.
Causes of Nummular EczemaLike all forms of eczema, the exact cause of nummular eczema is unknown. That being said, there are a number of factors that are known to trigger flare-ups and exacerbate symptoms. Perhaps one of the main contributors to discoid eczema is having dry skin — which explains why symptoms tend to flare-up during the winter when the humidity levels are lower. This damaged skin barrier causes previously harmful substances, such as soap or laundry detergents, to provoke irritation. Other factors that can trigger nummular eczema include:
- Poor circulation in the lower legs
- Certain metals such as nickel
- Previous damage to the skin due to scrapes, scratches, chemical “burns” or even insect bites
- A reaction to inflammation from existing eczema elsewhere on the body
Nummular Eczema vs Ringworm
Since nummular eczema can look like ringworm due to the ring of discolored skin surrounding the center, it’s important to make sure that it’s not, in fact, a fungal infection as this will require different treatment. Be sure to speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible to confirm whether it is eczema or ringworm.
Treatment of Nummular Eczema
Although nummular eczema is considered a long-term condition, there are plenty of ways to manage symptoms. Here are our top suggestions:
Keep your dry skin moisturized with natural creams and moisturizers that are rich in emollients. You can’t go wrong with our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Combining Chinese herbs, tree nut-free oils and beeswax, it works great for sensitive skin without any burning side-effects. You definitely need to add this creamy, oil-based balm to your skincare shelf!
Change your Diet
There’s a strong link between what you eat and eczema flare-ups. Certain foods, such as dairy, gluten, and citrus fruits, are common culprits for exacerbating symptoms.
On the other hand, foods that are high in quercetin, such as apples, blueberries, kale, and foods that are high in probiotics, such as miso soup, sourdough bread, and tempeh, are helpful for reducing symptoms. Anti-inflammatory foods, including salmon and herring, are especially helpful to those suffering from an inflammatory condition like eczema. To help you find your food triggers, consider undergoing an eczema elimination diet.
Wear Eczema-Friendly Clothing
Does wool make you itchy? Does polyester give you a rash? To prevent eczema flare-ups, you might want to consider a wardrobe change. Some fabrics, including nylon, rubber, and spandex, are known for aggravating eczema symptoms. Other sources of irritation can be the dyes or chemicals used to make the clothing.
To avoid any clothing irritation, make sure to opt for eczema-friendly clothing such as those from Remedywear™. All garments are made of TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc. You can rest assured that all clothing is hypoallergenic to ensure lasting comfort. Check out our favorites:
While it may sound easy on paper, we know that stopping yourself from scratching is easier said than done — especially when the urge to itch is unbearable. Be sure to keep your nails trimmed short.
Wearing protective gloves can also help, especially during the night when you may be scratching subconsciously. We recommend these Remedywear™ gloves for children and adults. Made with eco-friendly TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc, their cooling fabric is soothing and fits like a second skin.
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