What is wet eczema?

Updated April 17, 2017

The Mayo Clinic defines eczema as an allergic skin condition that is more common in infants and children and causes red bumps and itchy skin and can lead to skin infections. Eczema is not contagious but does run in family genes. If you or your spouse has allergies or asthma, your child is more likely to have eczema. Eczema is treatable with home remedies and prescribed medications. Talk to your doctor about the condition and different approaches that would be appropriate.


According to Infants Eczema, wet eczema, also known as "weeping eczema," is a type of eczema that causes the skin to ooze. Wet eczema only occurs when the skin is extremely irritated from scratching. Excessive scratching causes the skin to crack and to ooze.


The Mayo Clinic says that there is no determined cause for eczema, but it has identifiable triggers. Eczema triggers that can upset the condition are seasonal allergies, dry skin or being overheated. Eczema is an allergic reaction in the body, releasing histamine, causing common allergy symptoms.


Wet eczema begins with common eczema symptoms such as reddish bumps, itchy skin, thickening skin and patches of irritation. Eczema commonly begins on the back of the legs or arms as small bumps that progresses into larger patches of inflammation. Wet eczema is commonly painful due to the broken skin.


According to Net Doctor, there are three types of eczema, all of which can progress into wet eczema. Acute eczema appears rapidly, without warning. A child can have clear skin one day and wake up the next morning with an eczema outbreak. Chronic eczema is when the condition continues over the course of weeks or months. Chronic eczema is more likely to develop into wet eczema if not treated. Infected eczema is synonymous with wet eczema because the infection makes the skin ooze.


The most effective treatment and prevention for wet eczema is to not scratch the aggravated skin. If the skin is infected, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to kill the infection. Prescribed steroid creams and lotions can reduce inflammation and restore the skin to its normal state. Home remedy treatments include using baking soda in a cool bath, applying cool compresses to areas of itchiness and avoiding any irritants or allergens that can cause an eczema outbreak.

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